Day 3 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Pop Tarts

Day 3 and we know, we’ve posted Pop-Tarts a few times now, but it’s because real Pop-Tarts are kinda gross and people need to have a better choice for a pie on the go! We have several choices here: apple, blueberry, strawberry, and even NUTELLA. These are perfect for breakfast on the go, afternoon snack, or the ideal munchie because you keep your hands clean and fork free.

Let’s get Glazed everyone!

Apple Poptarts

Apple Poptarts

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Fruit Handpies (Homemade Poptarts)

We’re on our Gilmore Girls kick here and what’s more Gilmore than poptarts? Literally nothing. One of the promo’s was literally a tray of poptarts and an apple. And we all know where that led….but let’s stay on target.

So if you like Gilmore Girls like we do, you know that poptarts are staple in the Gilmore Household.

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And like with our fried rice, we knew that when the revival came out we wanted to make as many Gilmore Girl inspired recipes that we could. And what’s more Gilmore than poptarts?

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Of course, buying poptarts is the easy solution but making them really isn’t as hard as it seems. Trust us. We use store bought pie dough and if you really want to take the easy way out you can buy pre-made filling at the store, and frost these with store bought icing. But we suggest at least trying them once like this.

Because once you have a homemade poptart, it’s REALLY hard to go back to the store bought kind.

Homemade Poptarts

Look at those beauties. And let us be real with you, these taste as good as they look. Buttery, flaky pie dough and a warm fruit filling? Topped with a homemade glaze? Seriously what could be better than that? Besides Gilmore Girls coming back for another season? The answer is homemade poptarts!

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Breakfast Pie

It’s that time of year again and no I don’t mean the holidays so stop trying to rush Christmas! No, it’s that horrible time of year that we have to experience twice a year, it’s old and antiquated and  if you guessed Daylight Savings then you get fifty points!

While most love getting that extra hour of sleep, both of us can’t stand it. We already wake  up early so when the clocks go back and we wake up thinking it’s 6am only to realize it’s 5am you can imagine how that feels. And let’s not even talk about “spraining forward” you want us to loose an hour?! No thank you.

Anyway, we digress (as usual) and our recipe today is a good one. Sunday is all about Brunch and this is a perfect brunch recipe. It’s perfect because not only can you make the entire pie ahead of time, but you can the filling ahead of time and then make the pie the next day. It’s really up to you and how you like to brunch.

This recipe is enough to make two full breakfast pies and each pie has about 12 slices depending on how you cut them.

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Pecan Pie

Southern Pecan Pie

Okay, so we totally flaked and missed the most important day of the year, Pi(e)Day, but have no fear we have the most amazing and perfect Pecan Pie recipe to make up for it. Now normally, most food blogs would reserve this recipe for Fall/Thanksgiving but here at TYL we love to mix it up and we like comfort foods all year long.

And we LOVE pie. Pie should really be it’s own food group, big pies, small pies, fruit pies, savory pies, pot pies, chocolate pies, whipped pies, creme pies, nut pies, hand pies, even quiche(the clothing optional pie)! And we’re sorry we haven’t posted more pie recipes, but the year is still young, so give us time. But until then, lets talk about Pecan Pie.

Pecan Pie is a pie staple. For most, Pecan Pie is a Southern Staple, but did you know that people believe Pecan Pie originated when the French moved from France to New Orleans and were introduced to the Pecan Nut by Native Americans. Pecan Pie is similar to a Chess Pie which is also a butter, sugar, egg-custard based pie. There are some reports, that have Pecan Pie type recipes as early as the 1800’s, but it’s hard to prove. It wasn’t until the 40’s when the Joy of Cooking finally included the recipe in one of it’s cookbooks.

Pecan Pie is known for being gooey, ooey, and delicious. Sometimes coyling sweet, but if done right, Pecan Pie is the perfect ending to any meal (or beginning if you swing that way) and the trick to keeping your Pecan Pie together? Cornstarch. A little cornstarch  goes a long way in keeping the shape of your Pecan Pie.

 

Southern Pecan Pie

 

Pecan Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Dark Corn Syrup
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Bakers Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Maple Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Paste (or extract)
  • 2 Cup Pecans
  • 1 Teaspoon Corn Starch
  • 1 Unbaked Pie Crust (Store bought

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Step 2: 

In a medium bowl, mix together corn syrup, eggs, sugars, and extracts. Mix well and set aside.

Southern Pecan Pie

Step 3: 

Place the pecans in a sauté pan. Toast them over medium heat for one to two minutes, but be careful not to burn them.

If you want, you can lightly sprinkle them with cinnamon for extra added flavor.

Southern Pecan Pie

Step 4: 

Next, carefully chop the nuts. You just want to roughly chop them so you still have chunks of pecans.

Step 5: 

Toss the pecans with the corn starch. This will really help the pie solidify, and not be runny.

Step 6: 

Add the chopped pecans to the corn syrup mixture. Mix until the pecan are fully incorporated.

Southern Pecan Pie

Step 7: 

Pour the mixture into the prepared pie shell.

Southern Pecan Pie

Southern Pecan Pie

Step 8

Bake the pie for 65 to 70 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack completely!

Southern Pecan Pie

Step 9:

This is important. As much as we all want delicious warm pie, a pecan pie is best served completely cool and by doing this will make it so much easier to cut!

Southern Pecan Pie

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Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Sweet Potato Squares

It’s finally fall in Los Angeles, and you know what that means? It’s below 80 (just barely) degrees and everyone is bringing out the scarves, boots, and puffy coats. We like to call it wishful coating, and if we wear coats and cold weather clothes it will magically become cooler. We girls can dream, right?

And you know what fall also means? Pumpkins. Tons and tons of pumpkins, but here at TYL, we like to mix things up and go off the beaten path. We dare everyone to swap out pumpkins for sweet potatoes. Sweet Potato is one of our favorites, and once we opened the door to Sweet Potato land, we were changed ladies.

Before we get to the recipe, we also want to thank everyone for sticking with us during these past few weeks. We finally moved to our own apartment, and it’s perfect! Big things are happening here and we can’t wait to share them with you. But for now, lets get to today’s  recipe! Browned Butter Potato Pie Squares! These are a take on a recipe from Paula Deen, but we fall-ifed it!

Please let us know what you think, and if you make it and post it tag us with #twoyoungladies.

Happy Fall Everyone!

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares 

Ingredients

  • 1 Package Cake Mix (Yellow or Spice Cake)
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Stick Butter (Melted)
  • 1 8oz Package Cream Cheese (Softened)
  • Sweet Potatoes (One pound, peeled and chopped)
  • Orange Juice
  • Water
  • 1 Stick Butter (Melted)
  • 1 Teaspoon Maple
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs
  • 8oz of Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Step 1: 

Preheat your oven to 350°F.  Grease a 13×9 pan with cooking spray.

Step 2: 

In a medium saute pan, brown your first stick of butter.

If you’re unfamiliar with browning butter, click here.

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Step 3:

In a medium sauce pan, place your cut and peeled sweet potatoes and covers with a mixture of orange juice and water. Cook until sweet potatoes are fork tender.

Drain and mash until smooth, set aside to cool.

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Step 4: 

In a medium bowl, mix together, your cake mix, one egg, and your browned butter. Mix well.

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Step 5: 

Pat the dough into your greased 13×9 pan, using your hands until it forms an even layer on the bottom of the pan and set aside.

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Step 6: 

In a large bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese and mashed sweet potatoes until smooth.

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Step 7: 

Brown the next stick of butter.

Step 8: 

Next add the eggs, vanilla, maple, and the browned butter and then beat together.

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

(The first time we made this, we didn’t brown the second stick of butter. The second time, we did.)

Step 9: 

Finally, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of slat and mix well.

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Step 10: 

Scrapping down the sides of the bowl, spread the pumpkin mixture evenly over the cake batter crust. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

Step 11: 

Allow to cool completely and then cut into squares and serve with fresh whipped cream or powdered sugar.

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Browned Butter Sweet Potato Pie Squares

Recipe adapted from Food and The Butter Queen, Paula Deen.

Basic Pie Dough

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Basic Pie Dough

It’s Fall! And you know what that means? It’s PIE SESON! But if you asked us at anytime during the year, we would say it’s always pie season. It just depends on what you fill the pie with.

We have tons of recipes we want to share with you, but first we have to go back to the basics. We’ve always had a hard time with dough, especially pie dough. Most of the time it’s too crumbly and breaks apart and we end up using a pre-made crust.

And remember there is nothing wrong with using a pre-made pie crust, our personal favorite is Marie Callendars, and we always have one in the freezer for pie emergencies.

But this year is the year we decided that we were going to conquer pie crust, and we have. We fell that when you can roll the pie crust onto your rolling pin, you’ve achieved greatness. And this recipe is super simple, and one of the best we’ve found. It’s actually foolproof. If we can do it, so can you! Remember the trick is cooled flour and cooking utensils which lead to the most perfect, buttery, awesome pie dough.

Basic Pie Dough

Ingredients 

  • 12 oz. AP Flour (Chilled)
  • 1 Teaspoon Fine Salt
  • Two 4 oz Sticks of Butter (8 oz total)
  • 1/2 Cup COLD Water

Step 1: 

First things first, put your pastry cutter (or fork) and rolling pin in the freezer! Sounds weird, but it’s important!

Step 2:

Next, measure out your flour and place that in the fridge as well. Then, take your butter, cut it into medium sized cubes and place in the fridge.

Let cool for at least 15 minutes. You want the flour and the butter to be really cold!

Step 3: 

When everything is good and cool, remove the flour from the fridge and mix in the salt. Stir till combined.

Step 4: 

Next, add the cubed butter and using your cold pastry cutter (or fork) cut the butter into the flour mixture. Work the flour and butter until the pieces look no smaller than peas.

Basic Pie Dough

Basic Pie Dough

If it’s too hot, but the mixture back in the fridge and then continue working.

Step 5: 

Add the cold water to the flour and butter mixture. First using the pastry cutter to combine everything. Once it starts to form a ball you can use your hands. Make sure there are no “dry patches” or crumbly bits, if needed add an extra splash of water.

Basic Pie Dough

Basic Pie Dough

Try not to overwork the dough, because if you do, you break the butter down.

Step 6: 

Once a dough has formed, divide the the dough into two balls. Ours measured out to about 11.5 oz (give or take). Wrap the dough balls in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Basic Pie Dough

If you want, you can freeze them for future use.

Step 7: 

Once the dough is chilled, flour your surface and rolling pin. Gently roll the dough out, working from the middle out. Once the dough is rolled, roll it on to your rolling pin and place on your pie dish. Trim the edges.

Basic Pie Dough

Basic Pie Dough

Basic Pie Dough

Recipes Adapted from Saturday Evening Post and The Professional Chef

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Here in LA we are experiencing some major summer heat. The past couple of days have been brutal. So brutal that we haven’t even been in the kitchen because it’s just too hot (this is what it’s like living with no Air Conditioning).

So instead of cooking over a hot stove, cool down with this tangy and tart summer treat. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream is perfect for those who love ice cream but aren’t fans of the overly sweet stuff.

Now, you may be thrown off by seeing vodka in the recipe, but don’t be! Vodka can’t freeze, so adding it to your base will help make it smooth and creamy.

Enjoy and stay cool!

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream 

Ingredients 

  • 1 (14 oz) Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 Cup Key Lime Juice
  • 1 Cup Half and Half
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Key Lime Zest (Heaping)
  • 6 Graham Crackers (Broken into pieces)
  • 1 Shot Vodka (to keep it smooth)

Step 1: 

In a medium bowl, mix together the milk, half and half, vodka, and cream together.

Step 2: 

Add the key lime juice and zest and stir until thick, smooth and creamy. Pour into a jar and allow to chill for at least 30 minutes.

Step 3: 

Next, pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and churn to your manufactures settings. In the last five minutes of churning add the graham cracker pieces and let mix in. Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for at least three hours to firm up.

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Simple Key Lime Pie

Simple Key Lime Pie

Happy August! Can you believe it’s already August? Where has the year gone? It feels like yesterday we just started our blog, and it’s been four months! Four wonderful months!

Are you tired of cloyingly sweet desserts? Then this recipe is perfect for you. Key Lime Pie is not overly sweet and and perfect for those who like desserts but not sickeningly sweet ones. Key Lime Pie is light and refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day.

Traditionally, in key lime pie you use the egg yolks in the pie and save the egg whites to make a meringue topping, but we decided against a meringue topping and stuck with powdered sugar, but you can make a meringue or a fresh whipped cream. The day we made this, we didn’t have cream so we went with the classic and simple powdered sugar.

Can you guess where Key Lime Pie originated? If you guessed The Florida Keyes,  you’re correct! And you get a pie! Well, only if you make this super easy recipe! We promise this recipe is a crowd pleaser.

One more tip for the road, if you come across key lime pie that is green that pie is not correct. Key lime pie should be a pale yellow because real key lime juice is a light to pale yellow color.

Simple Key Lime Pie

Simple Key Lime Pie

Simple Key Like Pie with Coconut Whipped Cream 

Ingredients 

For The Crust:

  • 1 1/3 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs (finely ground)
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Key Lime Zest
  • 1 Stick Butter (Melted)

Filling:

  • 1 (14 oz) Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 Large Egg Yolks
  • 2/3 Cup Key Lime Juice (Fresh, but bottled is okay)
  • 1 to 2 Heaping Tablespoon Key Lime Zest

Topping 

  • Fresh Whipped Cream
  • Fresh Powdered Sugar

Step 1: 

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Step 2: 

In a food a processor, grind graham crackers until they are finely ground. Next, add the sugar and zest and pulse to combine. Then, with the food processor running, slowly add the melted butter until the graham mixture looks slightly moist.

Simple Key Lime Pie

Simple Key Lime Pie

Simple Key Lime Pie

Step 3: 

Pour the mixture into a 9-inch pie plate and press the mixture evenly into the bottom and on the sides. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then remove and let cool.

Simple Key Lime Pie

Simple Key Lime Pie

Simple Key Lime Pie

Step 4: 

While the crust is cooling, mix together your egg yolks and condensed milk until smooth.

Step 5: 

Next, add the key lime juice and zest and whisk by hand for about 1 minute. The mixture will be smooth and will have thickened slightly.

Simple Key Lime Pie

Step 6: 

Pour the filling into the pie pan and bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool on a wire rack. Allow the pie to cool to room temperature before covering and putting in the fridge. Chill for at least 3 hours or until set.

Simple Key Lime Pie

Simple Key Lime Pie

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

How cute are these mini apple pie crumbles? They are the perfect way to kick off your weekend and are almost guilt free. They are adapted from a weight watcher recipe and are totally delicious.

If you’re really serious about cutting out sweets and sugar, you can totally leave off the crumble part of this recipe, but just know, you’re apples will be very sad and cold without their warm crumble blanket.

You can also leave out the flour, but this recipe can get very soupy without something to help thicken and soak up that water. So you can either use flour, corn starch or quick cook tapioca.

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

Ingredients:

Filling: 

  • 4 Small Gala Apples (Medium Dice)
  • 3 Teaspoons Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cloves
  • 1/2 Tablespoon A.P Flour

Topping:

  • 1/2 Cup Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Butter (Softened)

For the Topping: 

In a small or medium bowl, using a fork combine the oats, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter until it comes together. Stick in the fridge until you’re ready to use.

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

For the Filling: 

Mix the apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves until combined. Divide the mixture between four to six ramekins (depending on size).

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

For the Crumble: 

First, heat the oven to 350°F. Next, cover the apples with the delicious topping. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the apples are tender.

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

Meyer Lemon Tartlets with a Sugar Cookie Crust

As you know, we love Meyer Lemons, and we LOVE lemon curd. So, what better way to use our luscious lemon curd than to make adorable little tartlets that look “rustic”-professional *wink*.

*Warning! These might be habit-forming; excessive happiness can occur in some subjects. *

Meyer lemons are originally from China; they’re a hybrid of true lemons and mandarins, which is what creates those wonderfully fragrant and sweet lemons.

Fun fact about citrus: the common fruits we know lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are actually major hybrids. They all orinally stem from citrons, citron Papeda, mandarins, pomelos, and the endangered Indian wild orange.

Meyer Lemon Tartlets with a Sugar Cookie Crust


Meyer Lemon Tartlets with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Meyer Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd: 

  • 7 Meyer Lemons (3 if using regular lemons)
  • 1/2 cup (from lemons above)
  • Meyer lemon zest (from the lemons used for juice)
  • 1 1/2 cup bakers sugar
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Sugar Cookie Crust

  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature.
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For The Lemon Curd:

Step 1: 

Because Meyer lemons are smaller you need more to make this curd, zest the lemons and try to avoid zesting the white part of the lemon, which is called the pith. After you zest the lemons cut the lemons in half and juice them.

Meyer Lemon Curd

Step 2: 

In a food processor pulse together the sugar and lemon zest until the lemon zest is fully incorporated to the sugar. The sugar will have a “damp” texture.

Meyer Lemon Curd

Meyer Lemon Curd

Meyer Lemon Curd

Meyer Lemon Curd

Step 3: 

Cream together the butter and then mix in the sugar.

Meyer Lemon Curd

Meyer Lemon Curd

Step 4: 

Beat in the eggs one at a time and then add the salt and lemon juice. At this step, the curd is going to look absolutely disgusting, you’re probably going to think you fucked it up. Don’t worry. It’s supposed to look that way. Trust us.

Step 5: 

Next, transfer the mixture into a sauce pan. Stir constantly over a low heat until the mixture starts to smooth out and eventually begins to thicken. Check occasionally with a digital thermometer and when the temperature reads 170° you can remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate.

Meyer Lemon Curd

Sugar Cookie Crust 

Step 1: 

Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until thoroughly mixed. Three minutes of high.

Meyer Lemon Tartlets with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Meyer Lemon Tartlets with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Meyer Lemon Tartlets with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Step 2: 

Add the eggs one at time fully incorporating one before adding the next. Add the  vanilla and then the lemon zest.

Meyer Lemon Tartlets with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Step 3: 

Finally, at a medium speed add in the AP flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just combined. Remove the dough from the bowl, and wrap in parchment paper. Place in the fridge four about thirty minutes.

Meyer Lemon Tartlets with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Meyer Lemon Tartlets with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Tartlets: 

Step 1: 

Preheat your oven to 300°and grease a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.

Step 2: 

Once the dough is throughly chilled, remove the dough. Make small balls and push them down into the mini muffin pan using your thumbs or something rounded.

Meyer Lemon Tartlets with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Step 3: 

Take the cooled curd and spoon the mixture into the cookie dough crusts.

Bake for about 12 to 14 minutes, when you remove the mini tartlets they will jiggle slightly, that’s okay. Let them cool and then remove.

Sprinkle with powder sugar or a fresh lemon whipped cream and enjoy!

Meyer Lemon Tartlets with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Meyer Lemon Tartlets with a Sugar Cookie Crust