So, what is the science behind this super flaky pie crust? Half of the pie dough's moisture comes from vodka. From what I have read the alcohol in the vodka doesn't promote gluten formation, so it helps the crust stay flakier. I have tried the vodka in two different pie crusts recipes. One of the recipes was part of an amazing apple pie recipe from Erica Marie's Catering and the other was from Cook's Illustrated. Both recipes were a success!
Here is a link to a Foolproof Pie Dough recipe. At the bottom of the page it has the Cook's Illustrated pie recipe which uses the food processor to make the dough. The food processor in my opinion is the way to go. Don't forget to read our Tips and Tricks Tuesday about rolling pin covers. You will love them for rolling out your pie dough.
We would love to hear if you try using vodka in your pie dough this Thanksgiving and what you thought!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
What are the benefits?
- A little bit more sleep time
- I can pick up on my project quickly the next day
- Saving water - Not cleaning brushes nightly sounds like it is great for our drought
- Saving money - I love those black foam brushes. They are great when they have the 20 for $1 sale. Of course I run out of them when they are not on sale. It kills me when I have to pay a dollar for ONE! I like to make that one brush stretch. I have found it stays nice and wet for a little over a week in the fridge.
There you have it. It's not new or amazing, but sometimes simple is best. What are some of your tips? We would love to hear them.
favorite sugar cookie recipe. I don't know how I have never heard of these until last week?!?! My pie crusts always tear and stick to my rolling pin and I hate adding more and more flour. The rolling pin cover worked like a charm to roll out the dough with out it sticking to the pin. I tested it out this weekend on my pie crust and today I tried it on my sugar cookies with much success! Erica Marie Catering for introducing me to rolling pin covers. They have forever changed my rolling out cookies and pie crusts.
I thought I would do a quick post in between finishing up Halloween costumes and craft faire projects. Yikes! I am feeling a long night ahead of me. We like to make some extra special treats for our friends. We are big fans of s'mores and when I spotted the fun orange pumpkin marshmallows I knew I needed to do something with them. A few years ago we made Spooky S'mores and I thought I would update it with a fun monster topper to go with the orange marshmallow. To download the toppers click here.
To make the Monster S'more Treats you need:
- Monster Bag Topper
- miniature Hershey Bars
- Large Marshmallow or a fun Holiday Peep
-clear craft bags
Hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!
It's Halloween week, and while the warm temperatures might make it a little harder to get into the fall spirit, we decided to celebrate the season with a little science project. Auntie Erin invited us over to mix up some witches brew and everyone, including my little dude loved it. My little dude loved it so much, he was licking the vinegar right off the spoon...whatever floats your boat. I am always game for a project that is organized by another mama at her house, it doesn't get much easier than that! There wasn't any real measuring to the activity, we just gave each kiddo a bowl and let them have at it.
plastic creepy crawlers- we used spiders
wooden spoons or spatulas to mix with
We counted out our creepy crawlers, dropped them into our bowls, sprinkled (actually more like dumped) a few heaping tablespoons of baking soda on top and, added a few drops of food coloring, and then poured in the vinegar. The kiddos loved watching it bubble and when the bubbling stopped, they mixed it up and added more baking soda. It was a perfect way to spend a very un"fall"ishly warm day just a few days before Halloween!
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