Friday, November 14, 2014

Perfect Baked Potato Split with a fork

Perfect Baked Potato with crispy skin
Baked Potato with Crispy Skin
This blog has always also been about the simple stuff. and there's nothing simpler than this, but getting a nice skin is not always that easy unless you make potatoes like this.

Heat oven to 375,

Cover potato in your go to oil, I just use olive oil. Use very little oil, and just spread it on with your hands.
Place the potato on the oven rack directly. Foil is what ruins potato skins. Bake for an hour for a midsize potato, (45 minutes for small, 1 hour 15 minutes for large)

I prefer the creamy texture of Yukon Golds, but many like a nice Russet.

Check to see if it's done by piercing to the center with a fork. By splitting it open with a fork you get this fluffy texture you just can't get with a knife.  You can hear the tear of the skin, and all the glorious crunch.

Give it a y-injection. Add salt of your choice, I'm hooking on pink salt at the moment, and a little butter.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Warm Greek Apple Hand Pies with whiskey soaked raisins and walnuts, love love.

It's that time of year again, and another apple recipe. I love fruit based desserts, and I think apples maybe my favorite to bake with,

This reminds me of being a teenager, we used to heat these things up in panini presses, the powdered sugar would get these amazing char marks. Cold they don't inspire much, but warm, amazing.

Warm Greek Apple Pie with Whiskey soaked raisins and walnuts

Traditionally they use softer sweet apples for milopita (Greek for apple pie), so the filling is a bit like apple sauce. But I usually use something firmer, often Gala because I can find it year round.

I also make drunk raisins by soaking them in whiskey these days, I did it at St. Patrick's day for the soda bread, and it's amazing, I like it better than the traditional rum,

If you're having trouble finding yellow raisins, as so many people seem to, they still carry them at Trader Joes, and at some specialty grocery stores.

 Greek Apple Hand Pies

3 apples. peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp white sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp yellow raisins, soaked overnight in 1 tbsp whiskey
2 tbsp walnuts
juice of half lemon
1 tbsp flour

pkg puff pastry

powdered sugat

Soak raisins in whiskey overnight, or cover in a bowl and microwave in 30 sec increments.

Preheat oven to 400.

Mix filling ingredients.

Cut puff pastry into squares. Size will depend on your preference for final size, I like a 6 in on the diagonal.

Fill with filling, fold over and crease sides to seal.

Warm Greek Apple Pie with Whiskey soaked raisins and walnuts
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Place on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for around 20 minutes until puffed and golden.

Once mostly cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Serve warm.

Warm Greek Apple Pie with Whiskey soaked raisins and walnuts