Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pine Nut Pie...A Twist on Traditional Pecan

Ignore the broken crust.

Before we get to that <--- Let me start off by saying that Christmas was wonderful! I got Keith some books, and he got me a knew knife set and block. Whoop! You don't know how happy I am to have functional knives. I've been living for 10 months with knives that might as well be plastic. Plastic may have even been better.

Look at us and our NFL pajamas!

Now lets get to the good part. I made a pie for dessert. Inspired by Pecan Pie-- which I love--and the delicious, mouth watering Pine Nut. Pine nut pie! It was a hit, let me tell you.
 It was sweet and nutty, and was easy to eat...unlike Pecan, which is difficult because of the larger size of the nut.

Also, it was super easy to make! Easy as...PIE. Har har har.


1/4 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup Dark brown sugar
2 extra large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 pure vanilla extract
8 Tbs Butter (1/2 cup), melted
1 Tbs Heavy Cream
1 Tbs Flour
Dash of salt
3/4 Cup Pine nuts
1 9in Pie Crust

Start off by lightly toasting the Pine Nuts. You must watch them the whole time! They brown very quickly, and usually burn the second you look away. That's just how it works. Pine nuts are kind of expensive so you don't want to make any mistakes. Take them out when they are golden. Set aside to cool.

Combine Sugars, butter, eggs, vanilla, flour, and cream in a bowl. Whisk/mix until well blended. Fold in pine nuts.
Prepare the 9" pie crust by lightly coating both sides with flour. Pour pie filling in crust. Cover the crust around the pie with foil and place on a lower rack in the oven.
*Don't place anything on top of the pie-- like extra pine nuts, or extra crust-- until the last 15 minutes of baking. Otherwise everything will sink in and be lost. *

Bake for 45-50 minutes at 350*
Leave the foil on until about 15 minutes remaining, then take off and add anything on top of the pie if you wish. I sprinkled pine nuts on top and placed a few decorations with extra crust.

*If made ahead of time, place the pie in the fridge and reheat it in the oven for about 10 mins at 350*.

Seriously, it was so good.
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Our first Christmas as a Mr. and Mrs. :D

Hooray! Our first Christmas as husband and wifey. I'm pretty stoked. We had decided not to get a tree this year...But...I just couldn't let that happen. So, I went to someplace classy to get a tree. CVS. I know, I'm a high roller. Wanna see it? Of course you do.

Gah, adorable. I even got stockings from the dollar store.
I was so proud of myself. My first tree. I even got tiny ornaments! Then something happened. Keith apparently had the same idea I had...but better. Darn him upstaging me! Seriously, minutes after I sat back to admire my Charlie Brown tree, I got a call from Keith saying he was on his way home from work...with a tree.

WHAAAAT. All that work for nothing. I was excited to get a real tree, but bummed we wouldn't get to enjoy my sad little tree that I was so proud of. Oh well.

Once we put up and decorated the 6 footer, however, I totally felt all better. Ignore the terrible image quality.

Look at that! Oh, Santa! Oh, Christmas! Sorry Jesus, we forgot to buy a instead of the classic symbol of Christmas, we stuck a picture of ourselves up there. Cute.

We even have a nifty fancy-shmancy legit German Advent Calendar. If you don't know what that is, shame on you. You had a lousy childhood, obviously.
Advent calendars are much more fattening with only two people...