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FREE Pies & Cobblers Recipe Book from Gooseberry Patch

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For a limited time, Amazon Kindle has Gooseberry Patch’s Pies, Crisps, & Cobblers cookbook available to download for FREE!

You might also want to check out these other cookbook specials from Gooseberry Patch ~ all ranging from 99 cents to $2.51 per cookbook download.  The 101 Cozy Casseroles book is an especially good deal ~ it is on sale for only $1.99 today (don’t wait if you want this cookbook deal as we understand the price will go back to its normal $11.99 tomorrow):

  
  
  

Even if you do not have a Kindle, you can still download these cookbooks and read them on your PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple, and other devices.  There are lots of other FREE books available anytime for download,  including many great classics (go here).

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Amazing Homemade Pumpkin Fudge Recipe ~ Fall Favorite

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A  reader favorite, re-posted by request…

The sights of autumn all around have put  Pumpkin Fudge on the front of my mind and have prompted me to share this ADDICTING recipe (you were warned)! This is the most amazing, melt-in-your-mouth fudge and best use of pumpkin from a can!

Pumpkin fudge is simple to make ~ just be sure to use a candy thermometer to get the consistency right (otherwise you might end up with a culinary creation other than fudge).

Bon Appetite, y’all!

Amazing Pumpkin Fudge

Ingredients

1  (12-ounce) package white chocolate morsels
1  (7-ounce) jar marshmallow crème
1  cup  chopped pecans, toasted
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
3  cups  sugar
3/4  cup  melted butter
2/3  cup  evaporated milk
1/2  cup  canned pumpkin
2  tablespoons  corn syrup
2  teaspoons  pumpkin pie spice

Directions

Go here for the original recipe and complete cooking directions.

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FREE Recipe Books from Gooseberry Patch & More

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The Best Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe {Thanks Mom!}

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So, here’s the thing. I’ve been trying to eat healthy since this whole surgery bit turned my world sideways. But, whoever said that “nothing tastes as good as skinny” has not tasted my mom’s homemade ice cream! If you want to make something fun with the kids this summer, try this favorite that has been enjoyed by 4 generations of my family.

P.S.  We are making this for our 4th of July family reunion, and I can’t wait to enjoy this bit of culinary perfection in a bowl.  Thanks Mom for sharing your  recipe with our readers.  Bon Appétit y’all!

Our Favorite Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (Makes 5 Quarts)

Ingredients For The Custard

  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 3 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 6 Large Eggs, Beaten
  • 6 Cups Whole Milk
  • 6 cups Half & Half Cream
  • 1 Pint Whipping Cream
  • 2 Cans Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla (Mexican Vanilla is best)

Depending on your ice cream freezer, you might also need:

  • 1 Box Ice Cream Salt (find in the salt section of the grocery store)
  • About 2 Bags of Crushed Ice (varies depending on your ice cream freezer and the room temperature where you are freezing it)

Directions

  1. Make the custard the day before you make the ice cream so it can chill well.
  2. Mix flour, sugar and salt together.
  3. Add beaten egg to the sugar mixture and blend until crumbly.
  4. Gradually add milk to the egg mixture and blend well.
  5. Cook over medium heat, being careful to stir often so it does not scorch. Cook until the mixture is thick and coats a spoon (DO NOT BOIL).  Remove from heat.
  6. Chill the mixture in a covered pitcher over night.
  7. When you are ready to put in the ice cream freezer: Pour the chilled custard mixture into the can, add all the half & half, the whipping cream, evaporated milk and vanilla. Give the beater a whirl and it will mix all the ingredients together.  Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s directions.

Wooden Traditional Homemade Ice Cream Maker

Tips:

1.) I use a traditional wooden 5-quart electric ice cream maker for our ice cream, but there are lots of great ice cream freezer options to make this process a breeze.  We’ve linked to a variety of good ones here.

2.)  If you also use a traditional ice cream maker that uses rock/ice cream salt, be generous with the salt on the ice and be sure to avoid letting the salt touch your ice cream or custard (turns perfection to “blech!”).

3.)  This is a great starting base for other ice cream flavors.  We don’t like to mess with a good thing, but if you are adventurous, you can add fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, or just about any add-in to create other flavors.

Do you have a favorite 4th of July recipe or family tradition?  We’d love to know about it ~ please share in the comments section below!

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: How to Make a Perfect Pie Crust From Scratch

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We just received an email from a wonderful reader who was searching our archived posts for our instructions on “How to Make A perfect Pie Crust.” In case you might find this helpful in your Thanksgiving preparations too, we are reposting this for all (be sure to tell us what kind of pie you make ~ we’d love to drool!).  

As we countdown to Thanksgiving, we are reminded deeply of our many blessings, and that includes each of you ~ we are soooo thankful for you! 

Enjoy and Bon Appétit y’all!  :)

A few years ago, I started making homemade pies to share with family and friends at the holidays. After trial and error, I have burned a few pies honed my skills on both savory and sweet pies and even watched a video on YouTube to learn how to make a lattice topped pie crust (it really is easier than it looks).  It is so satisfying to see the bubbling filling and golden brown crust of a pie come out of the oven ~ always a crowd pleaser!

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to download the 99 cent Gooseberry Patch Savory Pies Cookbook.

10 Tips for Making a Perfect Crust for Any Pie

Store bought crusts are always a time-saver, but if you want a blue-ribbon pie, you need to make your crust from scratch.  It’s really not hard, and the results are fabulous when you use these tips:

1.  Start with a no-fail pie crust recipe. This recipe for Butter Flaky Pie Crust (allrecipes.com) is a favorite and will probably make you decide to never use shortening or margarine again in your baking.  The instructions are pretty easy to follow, too.

2.  Use very cold fresh butter. For the flakiest dough, chill the butter really well and cut into small pieces.  This helps keeps the butter from being over-worked when mixing the butter into the dough. If your kitchen is hot, chill the other ingredients and freeze the butter for 10 to 15 minutes before you mix it into the dough.

3. Make sure the butter is visible in the dough.  While many recipes call for you to work the butter into the flour until it resembles cornmeal, you should still see a few larger chunks of butter within the dough to insure optimum flakiness. You can use a fork, but cutting the butter into the dough is easiest when you use a pastry blender.

4. Limit the water in the recipe. Use just enough cold water so that the dough holds together when pinched.  Start with the smallest amount of water or liquid called for in the recipe. If the dough doesn’t hold together, add water by the teaspoon until it holds together.

5. Gently pat the dough into a 1″ thick round disk and chill.  Chill the dough disk at least 30 minutes before rolling.  Again, if your kitchen is warm, freeze the dough for 10 minutes to get it really cold before you start to roll it out.

6. Roll and turn the dough.  Use a floured rolling-pin to roll out the dough on a very well-floured work surface. After each roll of the pin, turn the dough 90 degrees to help prevent the dough from sticking. If the dough starts to stick to the rolling-pin or surface, re-flour the rolling-pin and/or the surface underneath the dough.

7. Roll with even pressure on the dough.  Keep the pressure of the rolling-pin even across the dough so that the edges are as thick as the center of the dough. Roll the dough out and away from yourself until the dough is evenly thick.

8. Brush milk or egg wash on the pie base and top. 
Brush the bottom crust with milk or egg white with a pastry brush (before adding the filling) to prevent the crust from getting soggy during baking.  Brush the top crust with the milk or egg wash to get a golden hue (to avoid burning, be careful not to wash the edge of the crust with the egg/milk).

9.  Avoid burning the crust by covering the pie edge with aluminum foil or a pie shield  (see below list of tools).
 Place aluminum foil strips or a pie shield (much easier than foil) around the edges of the pie before baking. Be sure to remove the foil or pie shield during the last 15 minutes of baking so the edge browns as well.

10. Place your pie plate on a baking sheet or jelly roll pan.
 The baking sheet helps brown the bottom crust evenly, makes it easier to remove the pie from the oven, and catches any pie filling that might spill.

 

My Favorite kitchen Tools for Making Pie Crusts:

Adjustable Pie Shield ~ love this for preventing burnt edges.


Adjustable rolling-pin
~ Evenly flattens dough and makes a uniform pie crust (also great for making cookie dough for cut-out cookies).

Ceramic Pie Plate ~Professional bakers recommend ceramic for pie plates since it absorbs and distributes heat evenly and bakes a crisper crust.  It really does make a difference in results!


Pastry blender ~ Mixes and cuts cold butter into flour quickly.

Pastry brush ~ Useful for brushing excess flour off
of dough and for applying egg wash.

 
99 cent pie cookbook ~ For a short time, you can get a 99 cent download of the Gooseberry Patch – 25 Savory Pie Recipes cookbook. For dessert pies you might want to check out Martha Stewart’s New Pies and Tarts cookbook.

What are your favorite things to bake at this time of year?

 

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: FREE Cookbooks and Recipes

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Thanksgiving Table Setting

If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your home and need some fresh menu ideas, there are some terrific FREE downloadable cookbooks and resources to help give you inspiration, ideas, and mouth-watering recipes for your gathering.

Here are a handful of our favorites to get you started:

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FREE Cookbook Downloads ~ Gooseberry Patch Desserts, Healthy & Delicious Slowcooker Recipes and More

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For a limited time, Amazon Kindle has several cookbooks available for FREE download.  I downloaded the slowcooker cookbook over the weekend and found a bunch of tasty looking and easy recipes that I am bookmarking for fall (Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup, shredded buffalo chicken, and chicken & mushroom casserole).   Bon Appetite, y’all!

:: FREE Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends Brownie and Bar Recipes

:: FREE The Slow Cooker Cookbook: 87 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes for Slow Cooked Meals  by John Chatham

:: FREE Salads for Every Season: 25 Salads from Earthbound Farm

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Do note that if you plan to get these books, you might now want to wait, as we don’t know how long they will be available for free. Also, if you do not have a Kindle, you can still download these cookbooks for free and read them on your PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Blackberry and other devices (learn more below).

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