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Chicken Pot Pie

My first time to make Chicken Pot Pie. I loved this recipe!

Ingredients:

1 recipe Flaky Pie or Tart Dough (page 177), prepared through Step 5
3/4 stick (3 ounces) unsalted butter
1 cup (5 1/2 ounces) diced onion, about 1 medium
1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) diced celery, about 2 stalks
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
4 cups (1 quart) homemade chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup (3 ounces) peeled and diced carrot, about 1 medium
1 tablespoon olive oil
10 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 pound cooked chicken meat, diced
1 cup (5 ounces) frozen peas
1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
Salt
Black pepper
1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk or cream

Equipment:

One Baking Sheet, Medium Saucepan, Silicone or Rubber Spatula, Whisk, Large Bowl, 10-inch Sauté Pan, Pastry Brush, 9-inch Deep-Dish Pie Pan or Other 8-Cup Baking Dish, Small Bowl, Cooling Rack
Getting Ahead The pie crust can be prepared, rolled, covered in plastic, and refrigerated for up to 2 days before assembling the pie.
The filling may be prepared 2 days in advance and stored, airtight, in the refrigerator.
The pie may be assembled, double-wrapped in plastic, and frozen for up to 1 month. When baking a frozen pie, allow an extra 10 to 15 minutes for the pie to bake through.
Storing Any leftovers may be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 4 days. Reheat in a 375°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Directions:

1. Transfer the circle of pie or tart dough to a baking sheet and chill until ready to use.

2. Melt the butter over medium heat in the saucepan. Add the onion and celery and cook, stirring occasionally with the spatula, for 5 to 7 minutes, until softened. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the flour. Whisk vigorously to blend the flour with the vegetables and butter. Return to the heat and cook, whisking, for 2 to 3 minutes (do not let the flour brown). Remove the pan from the heat. Add about 1 cup of the stock and whisk until the mixture is smooth and pastelike. This is your only chance to remove any lumps of flour, so whisk thoroughly. Once the paste is smooth, whisk in the remaining stock. Return the pan to the heat and bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Add the carrots. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

3. Fill the large bowl halfway with ice and water and set it aside. Heat the olive oil in the sauté pan over high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes, until deep golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the filling along with the chicken, peas, chives, parsley, and thyme. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set the saucepan into the bowl of ice water. Stir occasionally until the filling is cool. (Chilling the filling prevents the flaky pastry from melting when it’s placed on top of the pie.) Scrape the filling into the pie pan.

5. Preheat the oven to 375°F and position an oven rack in the center. Brush the edge of the pie pan with a thin film of water. Transfer the dough to the pan, roll the edges to form a thick rope along the edge of the pan, then crimp or form a decorative border (page 174) as desired. Any leftover pie dough can be used to make decorative designs, such as a chicken, on top of the pie crust. In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk with the milk or cream and use the pastry brush to lightly glaze the surface of the pie.

German Chocolate Sandwich Cookie

Made these tonight! So delicious!

Jumbo Version

Mini Version

The Cookie:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
2/3 cup Hershey’s Cocoa or Hershey’s Dutch Processed Cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Coconut and Pecan Filling:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. heat oven to 350 degrees
2. combine flour, sugar, butter, cocoa, baking soda, salt, eggs, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until blended (batter will be stiff). Stir in pecans
3. Form batter into balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; flatten slightly.
4. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until almost set. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Spread about 1 heaping tablespoon Coconut pecan filling onto bottom of one cookie. Top with second cookie to make sandwich. Serve warm or at room temperature.

For Filling:
1. Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat; add brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir constantly, until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in coconut, vanilla and pecans. Use warm.

The S’morkie

My family and I drove to Colorado for summer vacation last week and we stayed at a condo that had a wood burning fireplace. I immediately thought that I wanted to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. It was the last night we were staying there and we also had some cookie dough left in the fridge. I made some cookies and had the crazy thought to put the cookies and s’mores together! My brothers thoroughly enjoyed them. This would be a fun and simple dessert to make with kids or have ready for a party. It is a pretty tough recipe so you might need to read it a couple of times to get the hang of it. Hah :) (Just kidding, It is SUPER simple)

1. Roast the marshmallow to your perfect specifications (I prefer mine burnt and crispy)
2. Put the marshmallow on one graham cracker.
3. Put a warm chocolate chip cookie on top of the marshmallow
4. Then a chocolate square on top of the cookie
5. Then top it off with the other graham cracker

Then take a bite and enjoy!