Monday, December 24, 2012

GF French Silk Pie - with a great GF crust

                       Gluten-Free French Silk Pie!
          Of Course filling of a French silk pie is naturally gluten-free but not the crust - this GF crust is awesome - perhaps better than a gluten one! 


         1 1/4 cups GF rice flour blend
         1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
         1/2 teaspoon salt
         6 tablespoons cold butter
         1 large egg
         2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar

1) Lightly grease a 9" pie pan.
2) Whisk together the flour or flour blend, sugar, xanthan gum, and salt.
3) Cut the cold butter into pats, then work the pats into the flour mixture till it's crumbly, with some larger, pea-sized chunks of butter remaining.
4) Whisk the egg and vinegar or lemon juice together till very foamy. Mix into the dry ingredients. Stir until the mixture holds together, adding 1 to 3 additional tablespoons cold water if necessary.
5) Shape into a ball and chill for an hour, or up to overnight.
6) Allow the dough to rest at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before rolling.
7) Roll out on a piece of plastic wrap, on a silicone rolling mat, or in a pie bag that's been heavily sprinkled with gluten-free flour or flour blend. Invert the crust into the prepared pie pan.
8) Fill and bake as your pie recipe directs.
Yield: crust for one 9" single-crust pie.
         The egg yolk makes this crust vulnerable to burned edges, so always shield the edges of the crust, with aluminum foil or a pie shield, to protect them while baking.
         To pre-bake without filling, preheat the oven to 375°F. Line the bottom with pie weights, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the weights, and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, till the crust is a light golden brown.

French silk filling –
3 oz Hershey's® unsweetened chocolate, cut into pieces
1 cup Butter, softened (do not use margarine)
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
4  eggs
½ cup sweetened whipped cream

Chocolate curls, if desired

In 1-quart saucepan, melt chocolate over low heat; cool. In small bowl with electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in cooled chocolate and vanilla until well blended.

Add eggs 1 at a time, beating on high speed 2 minutes after each addition; beat until mixture is smooth and fluffy. Pour into cooled baked shell. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Melted Crayon Ornaments!

It may be wrong - but I love to melt crayons!!!
This Pinterest inspired project is Hot! Literally! But so much fun!

Here's How it's done -
What you will need: Clear glass ornaments, crayons, and a hair dryer.

Take the top off of the ornament and drop in bits of crayon - not too many. Think about color mixing for best results (This is where I hope you listened to your art teacher and remember how colors mix!)
Put the top back on and hold by the top. Apply heat to the crayons until they begin to melt. 

Spin or twirl the ornament to allow the crayon to spread around the ornament. Careful! It does get hot!