Easy Pie Turnovers

DESCRIPTION If you want to make a simple treat for your family and friends, this is the recipe for you. These delicious turnovers are easy to make and are great to serve guests for any occasion. They’re worth every bite! INSTRUCTIONS Our Pantry 1 Dough Press 1 Pie Crust Mix 2 tbsp. Chubby Cherry Filling or other fruit fillings 2 tbsp. Cream Cheese or Bavarian Creamor 3-4 tbsp. fruit filling Your Pantry 3 eggs 2 t. oil 1/2 cup water Steps Step 1—Roll and cut the dough: Roll the dough out until it is no thicker than 1/4 inch — …

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Don’t Make the Same Mistakes in the Kitchen We’ve Made

We bake for a living . . . and make mistakes!  But we do learn from our mistakes.  Here’s an opportunity for you to learn from seven of our mistakes, from mistrusting our oven temperature to using the wrong pan. Mistake #1: Trusting the Oven Temperature The digital indicator on the front of the oven reads 350 degrees so it must be 350 degrees. False. That’s a timer you’re looking at, not a thermostat.  After the reading says 350 degrees, let it sit for another ten minutes.  Even then, you don’t know what the temperature really is.  An oven cycles …

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Three Problems with Your Baking and How to Fix Them

We answer hundreds of questions. That’s what happens when you teach classes, have a store, and answer emails. Over and over, we see questions that are related to these three issues. Problem #1: Your Temperature is Wrong We had a demo at a local furniture store. We asked them to test their oven temperatures before we began. They were 35 degrees off. That’s common. And that temperature indicator on your control panel—don’t believe it. Chances are, it runs on a timer, not a thermometer. And your oven temperature is not constant at the same setting either. Ours takes a lot …

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How to Make a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Dutch Crunch Topping

When I was a kid went to a local pie shop occasionally.  I was always torn between lemon meringue and strawberry rhubarb.  I think the strawberry rhubarb usually won out. This pie is as good as I remember those pies from long ago—maybe better because I like streusel toppings. How to thicken your pie filling: There are three ways to thicken the slurry for a pie: With cornstarch as added as thickener to cook with the fruit as it bakes. With cornstarch cooked as a slurry on the stovetop and added to the filling. With tapioca. For the first to …

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Cream Cheese and Fruit Coffeecake

If fruit in a coffeecake is good then fruit and cream cheese should be even better, right? We decided to find out. We took our coffeecake recipe with fruit pie filling and added a layer of cream cheese filling. The results were scrumptious. A little on the rich side, maybe even more of a dessert than a coffeecake—but you decide. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup butter 1 1/2 packages (12 ounces) cream cheese 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 large egg 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons sour cream 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon …

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How to Make Mini Fruit Pies

It’s easy to convert fruit pie recipes to mini pie pans.  For pans, you will need a set of four mini pie pans.  These typically hold about one-fourth of nine inch pie pan so choose a recipe designed for a nine-inch pie, not a deep dish pie.  You will also need pie pastry, either refrigerated or homemade. If you are making a mini fruit pie, you will need enough pastry for two double crust pies.  Roll out and line your pie pans with unbaked pastry. You will need the additional pastry dough to cover the top of the pies. Make …

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Coffeecake with Fruit Fillling

This coffeecake will get them smiling. Everyone loves a warm, tender coffeecake. This one is filled with fruit and made easy because you can use a canned fruit filling. In fact, choose your favorite pie filling—cherry, apple, apricot, peach or more. With the filling tucked inside the coffeecake, this reminded us of a streuselkuchen. It is very good. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup butter 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup buttermilk 1 large egg, whisked 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/2 …

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Fruit Filled Dessert Pizza

1 pizza dough mix or recipe 1 lb of fruit pie filling (your choice of fruit) streusel topping (see recipe below) white icing drizzle (see recipe below) Preheat oven to 425 Roll your pizza dough out evenly in a 14-inch nonstick round pizza pan. Spread the pie filling evenly over the pizza dough. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle the streusel over the fruit filling. Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the streusel has melted slightly and the edges of the pizza crust is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and slide the pizza out …

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Substitutes

Pies are for freelance baking.  You can choose your filling, your crust, your method and your ingredients.  You can use canned fruit or fresh; butter crust, a shortening crust, or a combination.  You can thicken the slurry with flour or cornstarch.   In this piece, we’ll explore some of these choices—the pro’s and the con’s—to help you make that special pie uniquely yours.  Flour versus Cornstarch All fruit pies have thickened slurries made with either flour or cornstarch.  Each requires a different method.  Cornstarch slurries are made on the stovetop while flour slurries are usually created by tossing the fruit with …

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The Cream Pies Center

“Learn how to make perfect cream pies from crusts to fillings to toppings.” Smooth and cool, cream pies are wonderful in the summer. Once you understand the principles, they are easy. Then you can take the basic vanilla pie recipe and be creative, making other pies that your family will love. And since the filling is made on the stovetop, there is no long baking time. How to Make a Pie Crust There are tricks to making perfect pie crusts. The first is maintaining the correct balance of ingredients and the second is temperature. Crust Recipes American Walnut Pie Crust …

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American Walnut Pie and Cheesecake Crust Recipe

Adding nuts to a crust can make all the difference. This one combines walnuts, lots of cinnamon, and butter. This crust works wonderfully well with creamy smooth pies from vanilla cream to pumpkin. It also works well with fruit pies with precooked fillings. A canned fruit filling can be used with this crust and then garnished with whipped cream for a quick, elegant dessert. Since it is a crumbly crust, it even works well as a crust for a cheesecake. Pair this crust with your favorite pie and you’ll love the combination. Additional Recipes and References Free! How to Bake, …

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Lemon Chiffon Pie

Ingredients 1 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted 1/4 cup sugar 2 cups whipping cream 1/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup lemon juice 1 teaspoon lemon zest (or zest from half of a lemon) 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk 2 drops lemon yellow food color gel or equal (optional) 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon flavor (optional) Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees if you wish to bake your crumb crust.  Baking helps hold the crust together but is not necessary. In a 9-inch springform pan, mix the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. …

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How to Make Scrumptious Pies with Frozen Fruit Juice Concentrate

The frozen fruit case at your grocer’s has so many interesting juices and juice combinations that it’s a shame to relegate them only to the juice pitcher. Over the years we’ve learned that with juice concentrates, we can boost flavors or create flavor combinations to make wonderful pies, cobblers, and crisps.   In this article, we’ll tell you three ways that we’ve used frozen concentrates to create exciting new pies and give you sample recipes. Cream cheese pies made with frozen fruit juice Ice cream pies made with frozen fruit juice concentrate Fruit pies made with frozen fruit juice concentrate You’ll …

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