Posts Tagged ‘fruit’

A Quick Snack. Frozen Bananas

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

I know, summer is coming to a close already, but pretty darn hot around here, so I thought I’d share a snack we reach for all the time to cool off.

Frozen bananas are a healthy alternative to all those freeze pops that invade the stores in the hot months.  And don’t worry if you’re not a big banana fan, they have a somewhat different, much creamier taste when frozen.

Just grab a bunch of bananas.  Peel them.  Cut them in half and put a wooden stick in the end.

For easy clean up.  We place a piece of plastic wrap on a large plate and then lay the bananas towards the center and cover with another piece of plastic.

The wooden sticks can be found at any craft store for about five dollars (make sure to use the 40% off coupon), and you’ll have 1000 to last for summers to come.

For a special treat, dip them in chocolate and roll them in coconut or crushed candies before eating.

For more frozen bananas check out Neverhomemaker and Choosing Raw.

Berry Custard Pie

Friday, July 10th, 2009

 

I would be remiss if I didn’t share my very very very favorite pie recipe that I have been making the last few weeks.  Berry Custard.

 

It’s a pie my mom and mammy and aunt made when we were kids and it’s not just my favorite pie but that of most of our family.  So I assume it is an old Pennsylvania German recipe.

The twins and I can actually eat a whole pie ourselves at one sitting, ok, truth be told, my mom and I could probably eat a whole one ourselves. And  luckily, Brian does not like the consistency of it, or the fact that berries have seeds, so there’s more for us.

The best part is you can use your favorite berries in season.   We’ve tried strawberries, blueberries, black raspberries, red raspberries and black berries, with our favorite being the raspberries.   And it’s so simple that you can whip it up in 3 minutes, if you don’t include the time to make the crust (I timed myself this morning.

 

Berry Custard Pie

2 cups Milk

1/ 2 cup White Sugar

2 Eggs

2 heaping Tbsp. Corn Starch

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 1/ 4 cup Berries

9 inch pie crust

Mix all ingredients (except berries) in a medium bowl and wisk.  I generally stir the sugar and cornstarch together first so the cornstarch blends in more easily.

Stir in the berries.

Pour into the pie crust.

Add a few extra berries if the top of the pie is not covered with one layer of berries.

Bake at 400 for 15 minutes and 350 for 45 minutes to an hour.

(this is the only part of the pie that is ‘difficult’, it has to bake a long time and it is usually at least an hour.)

The pie is done when the top is a little firm and very slightly brown.  Insert a knife in the center to test the firmness.

These are the black raspberries that we used in this pie.  We find and pick them wild in July here in Pennsylvania.  Unfortunately they aren’t a fruit that is generally found in stores.   But red raspberries can be found seasonally in many grocery/produce stores and are my personal favorite in this pie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Foodstuff - Flavored Applesauce

Friday, October 31st, 2008

It’s apple time!

Well, really I guess apple season is coming to an end here in Pennsylvania, but since I’m always a bit behind on these things we are just making our applesauce this week.

The great news for me this year is that the twins are old enough to use a paring knife and thus I make them do some of the cutting of apples.  I let them help, but I couldn’t bring myself to watch them much.  Jarod was using the knife as though he was going to gut the apple or perhaps a finger.  But hey, no trips to the emergency room, so it was a success.

The best part of applesauce is that it is really easy to make.  All you need is apples and water.  Now if you’re like me and want to experiment with different flavors, you an also add in cranberries, dried apricots, berries, prunes or pears.

So lets get started.

APPLESAUCE

You need

A pot to cook the apples.  The size of the pot depends on how much applesauce you want to make.

Apples.  We use two or three different kinds for variety.

Water.  Or you can use apple cider, apple juice, cranberry juice or another juice to add extra flavor.

A blender. If you want smooth applesauce.

Or a potato masher if you want chunky applesauce.

Apricots, pears, strawberries or any other fruit you think you’d taste good mixed in with the apples.

 

Put about 3 /4 of an inch of liquid in your pot.

Peel, core and slice the apples in quarters.

Put the apples in the pot.  (add any other fruit in at this point too)

Cover the pot and simmer the apples till they are soft.  (about 30 minutes)

Mash and stir the fruit to desired consistency.

Or Scoop the fruit into a blender and blend till smooth. 

 

Tip:  You can add sugar, cinnamon, vanilla or other flavored extract to your applesauce, but since we give a lot of ours away we generally make it with just fruit and then let each person add on what they like when they eat it.

Applesauce is a favorite in our house so we can a lot to have over the winter.  Plus it is a popular item in our gift baskets of homemade stuff that we give out to all our relatives at Christmastime.  This year we have made plain, prune (Alexandra’s favorite) and apricot (my favorite), and I think I’ll make some pear before I’m done.