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Friday, March 25, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

1 unbaked 9 inch deep-dish pie shell
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped, toasted pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  In a large mixing bowl, whip eggs until foamy, approx. 1 minute, using an electric mixer.  Beat in flour, salt, and sugars; beat in butter.  Using a spatula, fold in morsels and pecans; spoon filling into pie shell.  Bake on center rack for 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 300 degrees F. and bake an additional 20-25 minutes.  After removing from the oven, use additional chocolate chips to spell OH MY on the center of your pie. Cool on wire rack.  Serve warm, topped with ice cream. 

Filling for a 10 inch Pie:
3 large eggs 
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 1/2 cups chopped, toasted pecans

Mix as above and pour into 10 inch unbaked pie crust. May need to adjust baking time slightly.   

Friday, March 18, 2011

DEEP Dish Pizza in Your Cast Iron Skillet!

1 1/2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 package of your favorite pizza crust mix, prepared according to pkg directions, or 1 softball-size ball of pizza dough
8 oz. can pizza sauce
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried oregano flakes
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
4-5 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 oz. turkey pepperoni slices
1 cup fresh spinach leaves, chopped

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Coat a 9-10 inch cast iron skillet with 1 Tbs. olive oil.  Place dough into prepared cast iron skillet; roll or press out across bottom and part way up sides of skillet.  Spread pizza sauce over dough, then sprinkle half of cheese over sauce. In a small bowl, toss garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, onion, mushrooms, pepperoni and spinach together with 1/2 Tbs. olive oil; spread over cheese.  Top pizza with remaining half of cheese.  Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly.  Let set 5 minutes before cutting into slices.