begin until my birthday....I feel it in the air
and one of the indications is the reappearance of
the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte!!
How can you resist it...the spiced fragrance
that warms your body,
the chocolate covered whip cream
and warm feeling you get
when it trickles down to your tummy........oh my!!!
to entertain your guests this
Can't you just picture yourself out on the porch or deck,
watching the leaves blow with
your fingers wrapped your mug,
warmed by this seasonal beverage
- 2 quarts apple cider (8 cups)
- 4 strips lemon zest
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 whole star anise (optional)
- 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- In a large saucepan, bring cider, lemon zest, and spices to a boil; cover, and remove from heat. Let steep at least 20 minutes (or up to 4 hours). Ladle carefully into mugs, leaving most of the solids behind.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each)
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- FOR THE STUFFING
- 12 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
- 2 beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- Butterfly chicken breasts: Put halves on a cutting board, smooth sides down, with the pointed ends facing you. Starting on one long side, cut breasts almost in half horizontally (stop about 1/2 inch before reaching the opposite side). Open cut breasts like a book. Sprinkle each piece all over with 1/8 teaspoon salt; season with pepper. Transfer to a plate, and coat both sides with garlic and oil. Let stand 30 minutes.
- Heat a grill or grill pan until medium-hot. Place 3 basil leaves on the bottom half of each opened chicken breast; top each with 2 slices tomato. Fold over other half of chicken breast, and secure with two toothpicks or short skewers.
- Grill chicken breasts, turning once, until golden brown on both sides and no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes. Place on a clean serving platter; garnish with basil. If desired, remove toothpicks or skewers before serving.
Ingredients - Makes two 10-inch pies
- 1 sugar pumpkin (about 4 pounds), halved, or 3 cups solid-pack canned pumpkin (not pumpkin-pie filling)
- 1 1/2 recipes Pate Brisee, divide dough into 3 disks
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- 7 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 cups evaporated milk
- Whipped cream, for serving
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. If using fresh pumpkin, roast it, cut sides down, on a rimmed baking sheet until soft, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool completely. (Roasted pumpkin can be refrigerated, in an airtight container, overnight.) Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees.
- Reserve 1 disk of dough for making leaf decorations. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out remaining disks into 14-inch rounds. Fit rounds into two 10-inch pie plates; trim edges, leaving 1/2-inch overhangs. Fold edges under, and press to seal. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.
- Roll out reserved disk to a 1/8-inch thickness. Transfer to a baking sheet, and freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Using a small (about 1 inch) leaf-shape cookie cutter or a paring knife, cut leaves from dough. Freeze until cold, about 15 minutes.
- Brush edges of pie shells with a damp pastry brush; arrange leaves around edges, pressing to adhere. Whisk 1 egg and cream in a small bowl. Brush leaves with egg wash. Cut 2 large circles of parchment; fit into pie shells, extending above edges. Fill with pie weights or dried beans.
- Bake pie shells 15 minutes. Remove weights and parchment; bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes more. Cool completely on wire racks.
- If using fresh pumpkin, discard seeds. Scoop out flesh, using a large spoon, into a food processor. Process until smooth, about 1 minute. Measure out 3 cups, and transfer pumpkin to a large bowl (reserve any remaining for another use; if using canned pumpkin, add that to the bowl instead). Add brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, nutmeg, remaining 6 eggs, and evaporated milk; whisk until combined.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Place pie shells on rimmed baking sheets. Divide pumpkin mixture evenly between shells. Bake until all but centers are set, 35 to 40 minutes. Let pies cool completely on wire racks. Cut into wedges, and serve with whipped cream.
To prepare the pies in stages, make the dough and either freeze or refrigerate, then roll out, fit into pie plates, and chill again. The shells can be covered tightly and refrigerated for a day or two or frozen for longer (thaw in refrigerator before proceeding).
Love you guys....missed you!!
Have a Sensational day!!
Hugs xOxO, Nerina :)
Recipes courtesy of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia