Coconut Cream Pie
I love any type of cream pie, but I love Coconut Cream Pie best!
1 Baked Pastry Shell
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Cornstarch
2 1/2 Cups Light Cream or Half-and-Half
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Flaked Coconut
1/3 Cup Flaked Coconut For Garnish
Meringue (Recipe Below)
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Prepare Baked Pastry Shell. Separate egg yolks from whites. Set aside yolks for filling and whites for meringue. In a medium-size saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in cream. Cook and stir over a medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Slightly beat egg yolks. Gradually stir 1 cup of hot filling into yolks. Add egg yolk mixture to saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat. Cook and stir for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in butter, vanilla, and 1 cup coconut. Keep filling warm. Prepare meringue. Pour warm filling into baked pastry shell. Spread meringue over warm filling. Seal to edge. Sprinkle 1/3 cup coconut over meringue. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Place in fridge and chill for 3 to 6 hours before serving. Serves 8
4 Egg Whites
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1/2 Cup Sugar
Let egg whites sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large-size bowl combine egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar. Beat with a mixer for 1 minute or until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar beating on high speed for 4 minutes more or until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. Immediately spread meringue over hot pie filling, carefully sealing to edge of pastry to prevent shrinkage. Bake as directed in recipe.
© Victoria Hart Glavin
Super Easy Baked Ham
Seriously, we’re talking easy here, with undisputed delicious results. Of course the end product will depend heavily on the quality of ham you start with. Make sure to shop around and ask your local butcher for advice. You should stay away from heavily salted hams that have lots of fat.
One Smoked Fully Cooked Ham (6 to 8 Pounds)
8 Ounces Apricot Preserves
3/4 Cup Honey
1/3 Cup Dijon Mustard
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Place ham on top of the roasting rack. If you don’t have a roasting rack then just place directly on the foil. In a medium-size bowl combine apricot preserves, honey, mustard, soy sauce, orange juice, cloves, and ginger. Generously, brush ham with glaze and place in oven. Bake for 1 1/4 hours, basting every 30 minutes. Insert meat thermometer into center of ham. It should read 140 degrees. Remove from oven and transfer to carving board. Let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Transfer to serving platter. About 4 servings per pound.
Pork Tenderloin In Mustard Sauce
This pork tenderloin is a big hit in my house and a perfect weekend dish. These spring days are numbered so let’s get these comfort food meals in before summer gets here.
2 Medium Size Pork Tenderloins
2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
2 Tablespoons Freshly Ground Pepper
1/2 Cup Chopped Shallots
4 Tablespoons Butter
1 Cup Sliced Mushrooms
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
1/2 Cup White Wine
1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard
1/4 Cup Sour Cream
Preheat your oven to 425º F. Smear the pork tenderloins with the kosher salt and pepper. Place the tenderloins into a large size (lined with parchment paper) baking pan and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes. In a large size skillet sauté the shallots, in the butter, for 2 minutes over a medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth and the white wine. Turn the heat to low and cook for another 10 minutes. Stir in the Dijon mustard and cook for 1 minute. Add the sour cream and combine well. Cook for 3 more minutes. Remove the tenderloins from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes covered in a foil tent. Slice the pork into medallions and place onto a serving platter. Drizzle the medallions with the mustard sauce and serve. Serves 6
Spring is here and asparagus is in-season. Here are some ways to enjoy such a wonderful seasonal vegetable.
Quick Pickle: Combine vinegar, cumin, coriander, garlic and chile flakes and pour into a jar. Add the asparagus spears and place in the fridge for a few days. They should be nice and pickled. Eat them for a spicy snack or toss them into a salad.
Side Dish: Toss boiled slices of asparagus, leeks with mint and melted butter for a savory side dish.
Shave Raw: Shave raw asparagus spears and Parmigiano Reggiano, and then toss with tender asparagus tips, olive oil and lemon juice for a vibrant salad.
Grilled: Marinate the asparagus in olive oil and garlic for two hours before grilling. Grill alone or with other vegetables.
Roasted: Roast in the oven at 400º F drizzled with olive oil.
To Prepare For Cooking: Start at the base of each asparagus spear and work toward the tip. Bend the spear a few times until you find a place where it breaks easily. Snap off the woody base at that point. If you would like a clean, smooth look then use a vegetable peeler to scrape off the scales on the spears.
Standard Preparation: For 1 pound of asparagus (15 to 24 spears) Wash and snap off the woody bases where the spears break easily. If you like scrape off the scales. Leave the spears whole or cut into 1 inch pieces. You should get about 2 cups of asparagus pieces. Cook, covered, in a small amount of boiling salted water for 3 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Or you can steam them for 3 to 5 minutes in a steamer insert. To microwave place in a baking dish or casserole dish with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and microwave on high for 2 to 4 minutes or until crisp-tender.
2 Pounds Asparagus
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan or Asiago Cheese
Preheat your oven to 400º F. Snap off and throw away the woody bases from the asparagus. I you like, scrape off the scales. Please the asparagus in a medium size baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Spread the asparagus in a single layer. Sprinkle with the kosher salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until the asparagus are crisp-tender. Turn once halfway through the cooking process. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Serves 4
“Easter Without Lamb Is A Thing That Cannot Be.” – Macedonia Proverb
3 Teaspoons Olive Oil
3 Pounds Boneless Leg of Lamb
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
3 Sliced Onions
1 1/4 Cups Red Wine
1 1/2 Cups Beef Broth
1 Cup Sliced Dried Apricots
Heat the olive oil in a large size Dutch oven over a medium high heat. Sprinkle the lamb with the kosher salt and pepper. Add the lamb to the pot and cook for 10 minutes until browned on all sides. Remove the lamb from the pot and place onto a plate. Add the onions to the pot and cook for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add the wine, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer the onions for 15 minutes. Add the broth and then return the lamb to the pot. Cover and simmer for 2 hours. Add the sliced apricots and turn the lamb. Place the lid back on and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the Dutch oven and transfer the lamb to a platter. Cover and keep warm. Simmer the sauce until reduced to about 2 1/2 cups. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt or pepper if desired. Slice the lamb, pour the sauce over the lamb and serve. Serves 6
As a child I used to sing the song, “Hot Cross Buns” while jumping rope or skipping around the block. “Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny, hot cross buns! If you have no daughters, give them to your sons. One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny, hot cross buns.”
Today is Good Friday and on this day the bells are silenced. In France the children are told that the bells have flown to Rome to return only on Holy Saturday. In Italy on Good Friday children are even warned not to laugh while playing, because of the solemnity of the day. In certain places this day is observed by so strict a fast that it is often called the Black Fast, because many do not eat at all until sundown. However, one article of food is intimately associated with and eaten on this day, and that is the Hot Cross Bun.
Hot Cross Buns originated in England, and more than one nursery rhyme and ballad contain references to them. Saffron plays a part in the better-class English Hot Cross Bun, but as a rule they are small and plain, well browned and with icing on top in the form of a cross.
1 Package Active Dry Yeast
1 Cup Warm Milk
5 Tablespoons Softened Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Large Beaten Eggs
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
3 1/2 Cups Unbleached Flour
3/4 Cup Dried Currants
3 Tablespoons Milk Mixed With 3 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Tablespoon Cold Milk
1 Cup Sifted Powdered Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
In a small size bowl mix the yeast with 4 tablespoons of the warm milk. Set aside for 5 minutes. In a medium size bowl combine 4 tablespoons of the softened butter and brown sugar. When the yeast looks frothy stir it into the butter and brown sugar mixture. Add the beaten eggs. Add the nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and salt. Add the remaining warm milk and mix well. Beat in the flour one cup at a time until a soft ball of dough can be gathered together. Place the dough on a floured work surface and lightly knead in the currants, adding more flour if necessary to keep the dough from sticking. Kneading should take no more than a few minutes. Grease a large size bowl with the remaining butter. Place the dough in the bowl and turn the dough to butter all sides. Cover and let sit in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours. The dough should be doubled. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Punch the dough down and then divide it in half. Next divide each piece in half again. Divide each portion of the dough into six equal pieces and shape each into a ball. Place the balls of dough onto the parchment lined baking sheets leaving 2 inches between them. Set aside and cover lightly with tea towels or waxed paper for 1 hour. The dough should double in size. Preheat your oven to 400º F. Carefully slash a cross into the top of each bun using a sharp knife. Cut through the skin of the dough at least 1/4 inch deep. Try not to compress the bun as you cut. Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes until they are lightly browned. Just before they come out of the oven bring the milk and sugar mixture to a boil in a small saucepan. As soon as the buns are done brush them with the milk and sugar glaze. Allow the buns to cool for 30 minutes and then serve them while they are still warm. If you have not cut the cross into the tops of the buns the cross can be applied with the icing. The buns must be completely cooled before the icing is applied. To make the icing: mix the powdered sugar with the cold milk and lemon juice. Using the handle of a spoon or chopstick spread the icing to form a cross on top or to fill the cross shape cut. Makes 24
Some people like to cook lamb for Easter and some people like to cook ham or pork tenderloin. Here is such an easy recipe for pork tenderloin. The key to this dish is to brine the pork tenderloin before cooking. It makes all of the difference in the world.
2 Large Pork Tenderloins
1 1/2 Cup Apricot Preserves
6 Minced Garlic Cloves
4 Teaspoons Of Either Ground Ginger Or Freshly Grated Ginger
3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Hot Water
8 Cups Water
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Kosher Salt
Remove the pork tenderloins from their packages and rinse. Place into a large size, but shallow bowl. Pour the brine over the tenderloins and cover with plastic wrap. Place into the fridge for 3 or more hours. When you are ready to cook remove from the fridge and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside. Make the apricot sauce by combining the apricot preserves, minced garlic cloves, ginger, soy sauce and hot water into a medium size bowl. Mix well with an electric mixer. Place the tenderloins into a large parchment paper lined baking dish. Preheat your oven to 400º F. Pour the apricot sauce over the tenderloins and bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Check for doneness at 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and tent with foil for 10 minutes. Slice and transfer to a serving platter. Serve warm. Serves 6
NOTE: Make sure the sugar and salt are well dissolved when making the brine.