Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Picnic-Desserts | Posted on 09-10-2009
Picnic Desserts Recipes: Classic
There are plenty of great picnic desserts recipes out there that will be wonderful additions to any outdoors outing with your family or friends. Some of them are pretty exotic and unique; others are definitely recipes you have never seen before. Sometimes the best picnic desserts recipes, though, are the classics. This article will get back to the roots of a good, solid picnic dessert with two classic and mouth-watering dishes that never age: homemade apple pie and homemade cherry pie.
Picnic Desserts Recipes: The Crust
A homemade crust is always better than the store-bought kind. You can certainly use one from the store, but give this recipe a try. You will need:
– 2 cups pastry flour
– ¼ cup of shortening
– 1/3 cup of butter
– 1/3 cup of water
– 1 teaspoon of salt
Mix the pastry flour together with the butter, then beat in the shortening. Add the water and salt and beat well until a dough forms. Keep the dough in a ball wrapped up in wax paper and keep it in the refrigerator until you need it for the delicious pies below. You will need one batch per pie.
Picnic Desserts Recipes: All-Star Apple Pie
– 3 tablespoons of pastry flour
– ¼ cup of water
– ½ cup of packed light brown sugar
– 9 Granny Smith apples
– ½ cup of butter (no salt)
– 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
– ½ cup of white sugar
– Caramel blocks (like the candy)
First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, take a saucepan and melt the butter before adding in the pastry flour. Then include both types of sugar and water. Next, mix in the nutmeg and cinnamon. Bring this mixture to a boil; once it is boiling, let it simmer by turning down the heat. Then, take the dough you made earlier and make a crust in a pan. Wash your apples, remove the cores, and then slice them into eighths. Put them in the middle of the crust. Then, using the dough, make a criss-crossed lattice over the crust with strips of dough that are about an inch wide. Remove the mixture that you have simmering and slowly pour the mixture over the crust so that some gets on the top, but also gets into the apples as well. Then, melt the caramel blocks and drizzle the sauce over the top of the pie crust. Bake in the oven for about 12-15 minutes. Turn the heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for another 40-45 minutes. You can serve this pie hot, but it is just as good cold.
Picnic Desserts Recipes: Sweet Cherry Pie
– 4 1/3 cups of fresh cherries
– ½ cup of pastry flour
– ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
– ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon of milk
– 1 tablespoon of white sugar
– 2 tablespoons of butter
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, take the pre-made dough and put it in a glass dish, overlapping the edges. Pit your cherries, then put them in a bowl with sugar, flour, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Carefully combine (but not mix) these and then place the filling evenly into the crust. Take bits and pieces of the butter and place them randomly throughout the filling. You can make a latticed crust, but for this one, just make another crust to put on top. Press both of the crust edges together, poke holes with a fork in the center, and then brush the crust with the milk and dust with sugar. Then bake at 400 degrees for 55-60 minutes. You will know it is done when the crust is golden-brown. Cool or eat warm (and topped with vanilla ice cream!).
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