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Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Holidays, Parties and Occasions, For the Foodie, Books, Cakes, Christmas | 0 comments

Crostata: Your Smart Sweet Snack

Crostata: Your Smart Sweet Snack

Hailed from Italy, Crostata is a crusty pastry that anyone would enjoy. It’s effortless to make and preferable when serving a huge crowd. You will only need crust and a good filling.

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What’s also nice about this pie is that it’s versatile. You can choose whether it can be bite sized or huge. And you can also experiment with the fillings. It can be sweet from fruits fillings or it can be savory from meat or vegetables. Either way, it’s still delish!

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How easy it is to make Crostata? You will only do 4 simple steps! Know how to make this heavenly pie in a jiffy. This recipe works if you’re planning to host a large Holiday party. Kelli and Merri Ann of The Prepared Pantry used this recipe to serve a huge crowd and it turned out to be a great hit!

Step 1.  Add the water and Mix the dough

Follow the directions on the bag.  Add water and mix for one minute.

Step 2. Roll and cut the dough

Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut six inch rounds.

Step 3. Add the filling and fold

Put three tablespoons of filling* in the center of each round.  Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the side folds together so that it holds its shape.

Step 4. Bake

Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees until lightly browned.

Take note that for the filling, you can use the canned fillings to save more time.

Isn’t it exciting? Lastly, it’s a must for you to know how to make the original Crostata recipe.

What you’ll be needing..

  • 3 tablespoons apple pie filling for each crostata
  • Pie dough
  • Caramel topping

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

  1. Roll the dough to slightly less than 1/4-inch thick.
  2. Using a dough press or other round cutter, cut out 6-inch rounds
  3. Place three tablespoons of apple filling in the center of each round.
  4. Fold the dough over the filling, leaving the center open one inch or so, squeezing the folds together as you go. It does not need to be uniform. The folds will hold together better if you rub a damp towel over the creases to pick up any flour so that the dough sticks together better.
  5. Place each dessert on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust begins to brown. Remove them to a rack while still hot.
  6. Serve warm.

If you choose to make these with fresh apples, for each four crostatas use:

  • 2 cups thinly sliced and peeled tart apples
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pie dough
  • Caramel topping

Bake until the crust is browned and the apples are tender.  It will probably take a few minutes longer with the raw apples.

How to Make a Caramel Sauce

  • 1 lb brown sugar
  • 1 cup (two sticks) butter
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butterscotch flavor
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the sweetened condensed milk and syrup. When the mixture is hot, add the sugar and salt and stir with wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Wash the sides of the pan down with a soft spatula dipped in water until there is none of the mixture on the sides of the pan. This is to ensure that all of the sugar crystals are washed into the pan and dissolved. Check to make sure that there are no remaining sugar crystals by rubbing a little of the mixture between your thumb and forefinger. You should feel no gritty sugar.
  3. With no sugar crystals in your pan, turn up the heat and cook the mixture while stirring until the candy reaches 240 degrees as registered on a candy thermometer. Remove it from the heat and stir in the flavor.
  4. Best served while warm.

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Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Holidays, For the Foodie, Books, Kitchen, Christmas | 0 comments

Foodie Gift Guide

Foodie Gift Guide

We know someone in our lives who always thinks about food. This season it’s time to give your foodie friend or loved one something that surely suits their preference. Introducing, our Foodie Gift Guide! Everything that involves food is here. These are items the food lovers will definitely adore. We have a handful of gift items for all types of food lovers. Simply click on the image description to see more.

THE BAKER

You know someone who loves cookies, cakes and anything that’s made in the oven. Well then, check out this baker’s gift guide to see what’s the best for him or her.

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for the baker

a. Seasonal Copper Cookie Cutters S/he will definitely enjoy making cookies with these lovely cutters. You can have a set of 2 or 3 and you can also pick what season: Christmas/Thanksgiving.

b. Cross Linen Apron Baking is more convenient with a comfy apron just like this one. It doesn’t come with strings that need to be tied, so it’s easy to wear. This is needed for sure.

c. Walnut Cake StandWonderful cakes deserves to be displayed on a wonderful cake stand. Get this for the best baker you know!

THE COOKBOOK BUFF

We also have the best reads for the cook bookworm! If your friend or loved one is hooked into books that are all about great food and recipes then check out our cookbook buff gift guide!

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for the cookbook buff

a. Asian American, Signed Copy – Let your friend discover how to make unique Asian-American inspired dishes. They’ll know how to make Buttered-Toast Ramen with Bacon or Bao-ed Lobster in Warm Chile Butter, you get what we mean.

b. Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food, Signed CopyBreakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snacks will be more than pleasurable because of this book. Buvette features a lot of recipes anyone will be delighted to follow.

c. Genius Recipes, Signed CopyIt’s time to transform typical meals into something bizarre but amazingly yummy! Genius Recipes is the ultimate guide on making plain meals into something incredibly new and delicious. Your food savvy will thank you for this.

d. My Paris Kitchen, Signed CopyIt’s time to experience the delights of Paris with My Paris Kitchen. It’s not just featuring luscious recipes but it also includes awesome stories that any food lover will love to read.

THE FOOD AND COCKTAIL OBSESSIVE

This gift guide is for your friend who always initiates food trips, snack time or wine parties. S/he will love everything from our collection.

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for the food and cocktail obsessive-itemsa. Copper Japanese Cocktail Shaker Japanese mixing tools are preferred by bartenders and mixologists all around the world. Surprise your friend with this sassy Japanese cocktail shaker. S/he can now make the perfect cocktail mix instantly.

b. DIY Tortilla Kit with Mexican Chiles – End your friend’s food cravings by getting this Tortilla Kit! This has everything to make that yummy Mexican snack.

THE COFFEE AND TEA GEEK

Their day will never be complete without experiencing a cup of coffee or tea. This gift guide is exactly what you need for the caffeine lover.

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 for the coffee and tea geeka. Glass Teapot with Iron Filter Get this gorgeous tea pot made of lucid tempered heat-resistant glass. It’s about time for them to drink tea the classy way.

b. Stumptown Voyager Travel Coffee Kit – Getting this kit for your friend/s will never let them give up their coffee routine wherever they go. This lovely kit is easy to pack and lightweight. 

Just a disclaimer – We have partnered with these companies because we use their products and/or proudly trust and endorse them – so we do receive a commission if you make a purchase or sign up for services. Often, we are able to negotiate special discounts and/or bonuses, which we will pass on to you via our links. We often get short notice on sale items available for 24-48 hours, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest as we will pass these savings onto you.

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