Recipe Review: Berry Custard Pie

We haven’t posted in a long, long time, so today I just wanted to share a recipe with you guys!  This is the Mixed Berry Custard Pie from The Washington Post and I’ve make it probably three times now.  I don’t often get my recipes from newspapers these days, but I happened upon this one in a search and I love how simple it is compared to some other desserts.  Plus, it’s fun putting the berries on the bottom and having them float to the top during baking so there’s a hidden custard layer ;).

In this recipe, you don’t need to prepare anything ahead, unless you want to make a pie crust from scratch.  You only need a bottom crust, too.  I don’t even think you need to defrost the berries if you use frozen – just add a little time or temperature.

This is easy to change up however you feel like, too.  This time, I made half my berries into a compote with a little muddled basil in there.  I also put some raspberry extract in the custard.  Lemon or orange zest would be a good addition too!

Tip:  Make the custard by first whisking the sugar and flour, adding the eggs & vanilla, and lastly the milk.  If you add the flour last the way the recipe asks, you’ll get tons of tiny clumps unless you sift it in.  I think it’s a lot easier to just reverse the order.


Did you try out this recipe?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Cinnamon Apple Cake! (a recipe from Shelly)

wpid-wp-1445819002238.jpgApple season has started and I picked some up at my local farmer’s market last weekend.  Half got eaten on their own, but I wanted to make something delicious with the last couple!  I came across this recipe from The Baking ChocolaTess and decided to use it as the base, but I made some modifications based on my preferences ;).  Mostly, cutting down the butter and sugar because using a whole stick just didn’t feel right to me.  I also like to use some whole wheat flour in there – it’s not enough to notice, I promise.  And the most important addition…

wpid-wp-1445812941393.jpgCinnamon chips!  They’re basically white chocolate chips with a ton of cinnamon flavor.  I love these, and they only come out around this time of year.  (Actually, I stocked up last year, and this was the last of those :P)

Check below the cut for my version of the recipe!

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Alton Brown’s Mini Peach Upside-down Cake (a recipe review by Shelly)

I’m sure most of you know of Alton Brown, Food Scientist Extraordinaire & Thyme Lord – and if you don’t, maybe this list will convince you?  Recently, he posted an updated version of his peach upside-down cake recipe, and since I had some Georgia peaches from the farmer’s market, I wanted to give it a try!

(Have I mentioned AB lives half an hour from me?  I wonder if I’ll spot him in the city one day…  Until then I’ll have to make do with his local restaurant recs.)

Get the recipe here!

Some Caveats:

  1. I made these just for me, so I halved the recipe.
  2. I didn’t peel my peaches.  It seemed unnecessary, but if you’re making these for others I can see how you might want to.wpid-wp-1435792855025.jpeg
  3. I didn’t have buttermilk, so I used the lemon juice & milk trick – stir a spoon of lemon juice into your milk and let it sit for five minutes or so, to let the milk curdle.  This has been a pretty good replacement for me in the past.
  4. I made mine in the toaster oven, but I had to add a few minutes because I think my ramekins are bigger and had more dough in them.  More on that in a sec…wpid-wp-1435792868962.jpeg
  5. I used something like a 2:1 ratio of whole wheat to white flour, which has usually worked pretty well for me.  (Also, I added cinnamon and nutmeg, because why not?)
    BUT…this is kind of embarrassing.  I completely forgot that Alton Brown likes to measure his baking ingredients by weight, not volume (something that I thought was beaten into my head over many episodes of Good Eats).  So I used (half of) 2.5 CUPS of flour instead of 2.5 OUNCES (not fluid).  Oops.  It turned out to be a good thing I actually forgot to halve the buttermilk (and even needed an extra splash of milk).  So my batter turned out more like a dough, and the sugar ratio was off.  Oh well, I’ll definitely fix that next time…

wpid-wp-1435800123426.jpegThe Verdict:

  1. This was a very simple recipe, and I’m definitely planning to make it again.  I think it could work really well even shrunk down more in a muffin tin.
  2. The peaches were really good in the brown sugar; it was an easy way to get them caramelized.
  3. Since I screwed up the flour, the dough-to-fruit ratio was not the best.  I would’ve liked it better with a double layer of fruit, I think.  But I can’t say for sure until I make it properly!
  4. Even though I messed up, the cake was still pretty moist – just too dense.  So I have hopes for the next time 😉

Did you try this recipe out?  Let us know what you think in the comments!

Mustard Greens & Red Pepper Pasta (A Recipe by Shelly)

Hi everyone!  This is Shelly here with my first post.  If you’re new here, don’t forget to check out our first two posts:  Omurice and Momos.

Last Saturday I went to the local farmer’s market with some friends – but we were a bit late, so there wasn’t that much left in the way of produce.  I had some blueberry-basil sorbet, bought a handmade soap, and then a lady at one of the stands convinced me to try some mustard greens.

Mustard greens are spicy and a little tougher than greens like spinach or cabbage – to me they seemed to have the texture of kale with the bite of arugula.  (If you don’t have them, I’m sure any of those would work as a replacement.)  I’ve never cooked them before, and I saw a lot of soup and salad recipes, but I really wanted some pasta.  So here’s my experiment!

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