Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie (BraveTart)

We are all cookie monsters in this family. Well, I’m not sure about the Chiplet yet but since he comes from two cookie monsters, it is likely. I don’t discriminate when it comes to the size of the cookies. So, one big cookie that I just press into a skillet and bake? That sounds great!

But why is this one so special?

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Simple Cast-Iron Quiche

My apologies, but since this was one of the dishes I made while the Chiplet was still a newborn, I only have 3 pictures to share. But, the actual recipe is super simple and I don’t think process pictures are necessary.

If you would like a simple quiche recipe, this one is perfect. You can even bake it ahead.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Pie Crust by Hand

For some reason, I keep thinking I have this recipe shared on here. It is my current favorite pie crust recipe that has good luck each time I make it. Plus, I can make it without any tools. No fancy pictures today because if desired, you can check out more details at the Serious Eats site. This is just my summary for my reference, but you might like to see it, too.

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Cherry Pie

In case you wanted extra pie, I bring to you cherry pie. I made this for my Aunt L who came to visit Seattle (and us) for the first time ever. She came in the Fall around her birthday, so I wanted to make her favorite dessert. Of course it was something I had never made before, and it is an area I struggle with: pie! Thankfully, I was able to make something that was acceptable, and I think even delicious.

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Quiche with Bacon, Feta, and Spinach

Even though I had a little oops moment with the filling for this quiche, it was still a delicious quiche that I will make again. There was something about the salty, creaminess of the feta that really made me love it.

This is the new one versus the one below is the original.

As you can see from these pictures, I had a bit too much filling for my pan. Next time I will just leave some of the custard mixture out and maybe bake it in a ramekin.
 
Update from Future Aly: I remade this in a springform pan with modified recipe amounts and it turned out better. But, it definitely took much longer to bake. However, I really enjoyed it, as did the family.
Directions for Quiche with Bacon, Feta, and Spinach
Adapted from David Lebovitz

Tart dough

  • 1.75 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tablespoons butter, cubed and chilled
  • 8-10 Tablespoons ice water
Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, your hands, or a food processor mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the butter on medium speed/pulsing to cut it into the dry ingredients until the butter pieces are the size of peas. Add the ice water and mix until the dough comes together (I had to add a bit more water). Shape into a disk with your hands, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least 30 minutes (up to 3 days).
Roll the dough into a circle until it is about 13 inches in diameter, if using a 10-inch tart mold or 9 inch springform pan. Brush off excess flour and transfer the dough to the mold. You can use a rolling pin along the edges of the pan to remove the excess dough. Chill the tart until ready to use.

Quiche Filling

  • 7-8 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 ounces baby spinach
  • 1.75 cups milk
  • 7 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup minced chives
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped basil
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 6 ounces feta cheese
  • About 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Begin by cooking the bacon in a large pan until not crispy but cooked through. Chop the bacon once it is cool and set it aside. Remove excess oil from the pan, then cook the onion until softened. Add the spinach with some salt and pepper. When the spinach is softened, turn off the heat.

Meanwhile, whisk together the milk, eggs, mustard, salt, chives, basil, and paprika.

Put the bacon pieces in the bottom of the tart shell. Add the spinach/onion mixture next. Crumble the feta on top. Pour the milk mixture on top to make sure it is evenly spread, but if you have extra milk mixture as it gets to the top, don’t try to fit it in. Sprinkle the Parmesan on top, then bake until set (about 20-30 minutes).

(oops)

Let it cool for a few minutes before slicing it.
Directions for Quiche with Bacon, Feta, and Spinach (without pictures)
Adapted from David Lebovitz

Tart dough

  • 1.75 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tablespoons butter, cubed and chilled
  • 8-10 Tablespoons ice water
Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, your hands, or a food processor mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the butter on medium speed/pulsing to cut it into the dry ingredients until the butter pieces are the size of peas. Add the ice water and mix until the dough comes together (I had to add a bit more water). Shape into a disk with your hands, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least 30 minutes (up to 3 days).
Roll the dough into a circle until it is about 13 inches in diameter, if using a 10-inch tart mold or 9 inch springform pan. Brush off excess flour and transfer the dough to the mold. You can use a rolling pin along the edges of the pan to remove the excess dough. Chill the tart until ready to use.
Quiche Filling
  • 7-8 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 ounces baby spinach
  • 1.75 cups milk
  • 7 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup minced chives
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped basil
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 6 ounces feta cheese
  • About 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Begin by cooking the bacon in a large pan until not crispy but cooked through. Chop the bacon once it is cool and set it aside. Remove excess oil from the pan, then cook the onion until softened. Add the spinach with some salt and pepper. When the spinach is softened, turn off the heat.

Meanwhile, whisk together the milk, eggs, mustard, salt, chives, basil, and paprika.

Put the bacon pieces in the bottom of the tart shell. Add the spinach/onion mixture next. Crumble the feta on top. Pour the milk mixture on top to make sure it is evenly spread, but if you have extra milk mixture as it gets to the top, don’t try to fit it in. Sprinkle the Parmesan on top, then bake until set (about 45-60 minutes). Let it cool for a few minutes before slicing it.

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Blueberry Hand Pies

These are like glorified pop tarts. Or just little pastries. You could easily fill them with other fruit or fillings, but I did quite like the blueberry filling. These were a nice breakfast, but beware that they are filling with the butter in the pastry dough. Next time, I plan on doubling the filling because there was plenty of room left inside the pies for more.

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Chicken and Mushroom (mini) pies

Today’s recipe is brought to you by a cookbook I received for my birthday. It was not something I had seen before, and the first recipe I opened to was for cooking kidneys. Hmm. It seemed not quite for me. But then, I flipped through it a bit more and found that almost all of the rest of the recipes were ones I wanted to try. I looked up reviews to see what people said, and someone mentioned these pies as being good. I decided to not only try them, but to double it and make some to take to a friend with a newborn. These were great because I froze the batch for her and was able to bake them fresh on the day she said she would like them. I also made a dessert from this book that I shared with her. She is a big Harry Potter fan, so I knew she would get a kick out of the recipes and the cookbook. But even if you’re not, these are still good pies. I added extra vegetables because that is how we roll. I also had enough extra pie crust and filling that I did a top-only pot pie with a pie dish for the extras. So many meals, and you can do the recipe in stages if you want, like I did.

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