“The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports”…PIE!!!!

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If you are reading this post saying to yourself…what is “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” Pie?  

Then I would say 1. maybe your are not from Kentucky or surrounding states or 2. you don’t follow horse racing 🙂

Yes horse racing, and not just horse racing “The Kentucky Derby” 

The Kentucky Derby is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. 

This Saturday (first Saturday in May) May 4th, 2013, will be the
139th running of The Kentucky Derby!!

 The race is known in the United States as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” (hence the name of my recipe)  for its approximate duration, and is also called “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner.

It is the first leg of the US Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes.  

A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown.  Which in it’s 138 years of running only 11 horses became “Triple Crown Winners”, the last one in 1978 the horse was Affirmed ridden by Steve Cauthen, a local boy 🙂

The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup

Location- Churchill Downs    Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Inaugurated 1875
Race type – Thoroughbred
Website http://www.kentuckyderby.com/
Race information
Distance 1¼ miles (10 furlongs)
Track Dirt, Left-handed
Qualification 3-year-old
Weight Colt/Gelding: 126 lbs (57.2 kg)
Filly: 121 lb (55 kg)
Purse –  US$2 million
1st: $1,425,000
Bonuses US$ 200

Oh… you say you are asking me who I pick in this years race, well I like 2 horses…1 – Java’s War, yes for he’s name because you know I love JAVA!!
2 – Verrazano, he’s beautiful dark brown in color (like my pies) and his post position is 14th and that’s me favorite number 🙂

Okay so now that you know all about “The Kentucky Derby” let’s talk PIE!!!

Now you say why not name your pie recipe, Derby Pie…Well there is a “Famous” Derby Pie and click here and you can read about it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derby_pie  We also sell this “Famous” pie in our stores 🙂  Here in Northern Kentucky (Remke bigg’s)

If you clicked and read about it you now know that I don’t want to be sued…for using the name 🙂  Yes you heard me sued!!! 😦

And there are so many recipes out there named Ky. Derby Pie, Run for the Roses Pie, First Saturday in May Pie, May Day Pie…oh I could go on and on!!! 

So that’s why I decided that this recipe would be named for what is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports”

I am going to make 2 pies, one with a pie crust and one with a puff pastry crust.  One with flour, one without flour…Let’s see which is better 🙂

Pie #1 – no flour

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Everything in the bowl, except nuts & chips, then whip it

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for about 4 minutes, then add Nuts and Chips

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Mix up, and then pour into pie shell (below is Puff Pastry)

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Bake and done

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1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar (I use pure sugar cane)
2/3 cup light corn syrup
4 eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted, cooled
1/3 cup Kentucky Bourbon…yes it must be made in Kentucky 🙂
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 3/4 – 2 cups walnuts, rough chopped
1 pie crust or puff pastry sheet (directions below)

In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, add to large bowl, all ingredients except walnut and chocolate chips.  Mixer on medium to incorporate  then mix on high for 4 minutes.  Then fold in walnuts and chocolate chips, pour mixture in to your pie shell.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until top is a luscious brown in color.

Cool at room temperature for at least 4-5 hours before serving.

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Pie #2 with flour

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In bowl add dry ingredients  and wet in another

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Whisk wet into dry, it looks like this

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add nuts and chips and fold in

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Pour into pie shell, (below is with Pie Crust)

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Bake and done

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Pie #2

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar,(I used pure cane sugar)
1/2 cup butter, melted, cooled
1/3 cup Kentucky Bourbon, again this must be bourbon from Kentucky 🙂
2 eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1 3/4 -2 cups walnuts, rough chopped
1 pie crust or puff pastry sheet (directions below)

In a large bowl add flour, salt and sugars, whisk to combine, in small bowl add butter, eggs, bourbon, vanilla, whisk to combine, add egg mixture to flour mixture, whisk to combine.

Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips, pour into pie shell, bake at 350 degrees for 35-37 minutes, it should be golden brown and look set.  

Let cool at room temperature for at least 3 hours before serving.

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Crust directions: 1 puff pastry sheet or 1 pie crust

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Just showed you the puff pastry, pie crust will work
the same way, you just would not trim the edges

Puff pastry on work surface, roll out

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place over pan, then trim edges

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fold under the edges, then flute/crimp your edge

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prick with tines of a fork all over
Puff Pastry on right, Pie crust on left

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Blind bake with pie weights or dried beans
you want your crust light brown, par baked
or that is what I did here

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Roll puff pastry/pie crust out on a floured work surface, roll out enough to have a 1 inch hang over your pie pan.  Spray pie pan, place pastry/crust over pan and gentle push to form to the pan.  Take knife or scissors and trim the corners off leaving 1 inch of the pastry, the pie crust you should not have to cut anything away (unless you made it from scratch, then you may need to trim)

Tuck pastry/crust under about 1/2 inch all the way around, then with your fingers, flute/crimp edges of the pastry/crust.  Take a fork and prick the pastry/crust lightly all over on the bottom and sides.

Now you will blind bake your pastry/crust, take a piece of parchment paper lay over pastry/crust, add on top of the parchment pie weights or dried beans.

Bake at 350 degrees just until crust is light brown in color about 20 minutes, then remove let cool for 15 minutes  then add your pie filling.  Bake as directed above in recipe you will be using.

Okay they both were very good in there own way, the one I made with the pie crust, was recipe #2 with flour.  Crust was great but can you go wrong with Pillsbury 🙂

The filling was nutty, chocolaty, and had that good taste of bourbon, it was lightly firm, seemed to hold together very well, that was due to flour.

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Puff Pastry crust with recipe #1 no flour, was very good as well, it was in my opinion a little more richer and gooey.  And I loved the Puff Pastry crust too…

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It’s really do hard to choose which was better, they both were “DELICIOUS” in their own way 🙂    Hope you will make them!!!  

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Plus I must say that you certainly can taste the Kentucky Bourbon in these pies, which is why I used 1/3 cup, you can defiantly use less or leave it out.  But here in Good Ole Kentucky…we are leaving it in 🙂   Enjoy!!

Homemade Granola

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Homemade Granola is everywhere, pic 1

or I should say store made…You see in a lot of stores their own brand of homemade granola and it really is good if have not tried it you should give it a chance.  But I’ve always just wanted to make my own so I could control what was in it, seeds, nuts, fruit, honey or sugar or maple syrup or whatever.

So as I decided to make this I was thinking what do I want in it, I like pecans, walnut, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), pistachios, coconut and then I was thinking what else……….I got it…..Chia Seeds!!  Yes I know what you are thinking the “Chia Pet” this terracotta figurine, shaped in all kinds of characters.   You soak the figurine in water and then spread the seeds and watch it grow….well you are right  chia

But you can eat the seeds too and the people of the ancient Aztec and Mayan empires revered chia seeds as vital nourishment.  They are packed with Omega-3, protein, antioxidants and fiber.

While  getting my chia seeds, I saw Toasted Hemp Seeds and I thought…huh?…why not…They are high in protein, potassium, Fiber, Omega-3
and Omega-6, who knew…LOL!!

Okay so now I have all my so called nuts and bolts I need sweetness…I could use maple syrup which most recipes call for…and I found some locally but they also had Apple Cinnamon Syrup, I knew that was what I wanted to use, so I am now ready to go.

Ingredients

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I used Coconut oil to add to my syrup, I like using coconut oil in my everyday cooking, cook on low , stirring until coconut oil is melted

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once melted add vanilla and salt, stir to combine then set aside

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in a large bowl add nuts and seeds, mix to combine, if adding fruit you will add that after baking

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pour the oil and syrup mixture over nuts and seeds

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 stir to make sure everything is coated

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pour mixture to baking sheet and spread out

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bake at 325 degrees for 25 – 355 minutes, stirring half way through, I like my granola on the very crunchy side, so I let it get really brown, so keep in and stirring as it gets brown, just don’t let it burn

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Serve over yogurt or with milk

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Recipe

Homemade Granola

3 cups oats (not quick oats)
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup pistachios
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup toasted hemp seeds
3/4 cup apple cinnamon syrup
4 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt

In a large bowl add the first 8 ingredients, stir to combine set aside.

In a small sauce pan add coconut oil & syrup, cook on low stirring until just melted, then add vanilla and salt and mix till salt is dissolved.
Pour oil mixture over the nuts and seeds, and toss to fully coat, pour mixture on to  two baking sheet and spread out, bake at 325 degrees for 25- 35 minutes.  

Let cool completely, if adding dried fruit so it at this point and store in air tight containers for up to a month, if it lasts that long!!

Have some on yogurt, or even Ice Cream, or just pour milk over it, or eat just as is…I don’t like mine that sweet, so this is not that sweet as other recipes can be, I also added some dried tart cherries at the end.  

I hope you will try and enjoy!!!

Chocolate and Coffee!! …cookies!!

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Chocolate and Coffee what really could be better!!

I really don’t think I could live with out coffee, I just love it, give it to me hot, cold, over ice, in a cup or in can  ———>    pic 1

I just love any kind of coffee drink and will seek out them out even if its International, but I do usually hit my local Starbucks for an Iced Venti 3 splenda Americano.   I also like to spread myself out and give all coffee shops  a fair shot.
I particularly like visiting this one Caribou Coffee shop, these girls that work there are a lot fun.  So when I go there all I ask is for a Medium size with 4 shots, and then tell them to work there magic with whatever they want to make me.
Then once its done, comes the taste test as I try to guess what they made me, well it is really a lot of fun and I’ve never had a bad drink yet.
My last one was  Dark Chocolate syrup with hazelnut, so I thought why not try to make a cookie with the same flavors.

So here is what I came up with and I will call it!!

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Dark Chocolate Coffee Nut Cookies and it went like this…

Ingredients (plus the nuts, which I forgot in the picture)

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add butter and 1/2 cup chips to saucepan and melt

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whisk in espresso powder, set aside

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add flour, salt, baking powder & cocoa, whisk together, set aside

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In a large bowl add both sugars, vanilla and eggs, whisk together

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pour chocolate mixture into sugar/egg mixture, combine

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add flour mixture to wet mixture and combine

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I took a handful of walnuts, chopped them up and it was 3/4 cup (didn’t have any hazelnuts)

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add chips and nuts

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scoop out on baking sheets

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Recipe

Dark Chocolate Coffee Nut Cookies

Ingredients

1 1/2 tbsp. espresso powder or instant coffee (heaping)
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 (1/2 cup) stick butter
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

In a small sauce pan add butter and 1/2 cup chocolate chips, heat over medium heat whisking as they melt, once almost melted remove from heat.  Continue whisking until smooth, then add espresso powder mixing to combine and set aside to cool for about 5 minutes.

In a medium mixing bowl add flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa, set aside.
In a larger mixing bowl add sugars, vanilla and eggs, whisking to combine, then add chocolate mixture, whisking to fully combine.  Stir in Flour mixture all at once, stirring and folding until flour is fully incorporated.  Stir in remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips and walnuts.  I used a medium scoop (1 1/2 tbsp.) for these, baked them at 350 degrees for 11 to 13 minutes, you want them to look a little crackled.

Have them with a nice ice cold glass of milk or like me with more COFFEE!!!!    Enjoy!!!!

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Nutty Chocolate Cake

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This simple Nutty Chocolate Cake is so simple and yummy!!!  You can use any nuts you like, and really no special ingredients are needed, simple pantry items are used.  I hope you will try it, it does come out somewhat like a brownie, but it is YUMMY!!


 Cake:
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 ounces (2 squares) unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup nuts, coarsely chopped (walnuts, pecans, almonds or hazelnuts)

Preheat oven 350 degrees
Spray a 9 inch round cake pan, I use a tart pan and lined it with parchment paper.


In a small saucepan, heat butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring until melted and smooth, cool for 15 minutes.

                                                        

Mix together flour, salt and baking powder, set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy,

stir in chocolate mixture.       

On low-speed add the flour mixture until blended,              

then stir in nuts.             

Spread batter in pan,    

bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 26 – 30 minutes.  Let cake cool completely

Ganache:

6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chips or chopped
1/2 cup whipping cream

In a microwaveable measuring cup heat cream for about 1 minute 15 seconds just till it starts to bubble, you must watch this it will bubble over.  Pour over chocolate   

let sit for 1 minute then whisk together until combined and creamy      

Let sit for 20 minutes, then pour on to cake,      

and spread all over, you can use decorative chocolate curls or more chopped nuts as a garnish.    

Chill for 15 minutes before serving.

Add a dollop up fresh whipped cream when served if you like…Enjoy!!!!