Category Archives: pastries

Cherry Rounds

Cherry rounds are cherry hand pies. They’re quick and easy to make and great on a picnic or as a snack. For an extra special treat add coconut cream.

INGREDIENTS

4 cups cherries

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup of your favourite juice

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup water

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1/4 cup cold water

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Old Fashioned Apple Pie

I’ve never been a big fan of apple pie until I tried it with tangy spy apples.  The apples are just sour enough to cut the sweetness of the sugar and the fat of the crust.  The recipe would be just as good with granny smith apples.

PIE CRUST

5 cups flour

Apple Pie

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 lb vegetable shortening

1 egg

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

ice cold water to make 1 cup

FRUIT

1 cup sugar

2 tbsp flour

1 tsp cinnamon

5 cups Spy apples

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Cranberry Tarts

Tart and tangy these mini cranberry tarts are perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  The tarts make a colourful addition to any party platter.

Ingredients

Pastry

cranberry tarts

3 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 lb vegetable shortening

1 egg

milk

Mix flour, salt and vegetable shortening until crumbly.  To a measuring cup add 1 egg and enough milk to make 1/2 cup.  Pour wet mixture into flour mixture and combine.  Chill for at least an hour.

Cranberry Mixture

3/4 cup cranberries

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tbsp flour

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Basic Scones

Flaky and buttery basic scones are great with tea or coffee.  Layer with butter and your favourite jam.  For a sweet treat they’re also amazing with honey.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

4 tbsp well chilled butter

1 beaten egg

1/4 cup milk

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Scrumptious Blueberry Apple Pie

Blueberry pie is a wonderful summer treat.  There’s nothing like going to the berry patch to pick a pail when they are in season or picking wild blueberries from nature.  Returning home I like to make muffins, crisps and scrumptious blueberry apple pie.  It includes apples for a twist.

Pastry

1 lb of vegetable shortening

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1 tsp salt

5 cups flour

one egg

1 tbsp white vinegar

Beat one egg in a measuring cup and add 1 tbsp white vinegar.  Fill cup with cold water.  Blend flour, lard and salt.  Gradually add liquid.  Wrap and chill in refrigerator until cool.  The pastry can also be frozen.

Blueberry Filling

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup flour

4 cups blueberries

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Coconut Tarts

Coconut tarts are sweet and creamy.  Filled with coconut and coconut milk goodness they’re sure to be a hit with your guests.

Pastry

5 cups flour

coconut tarts1 tbsp brown sugar

pinch salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 lb vegetable shortening

1 egg

2 tbsp cider vinegar

Cold water

DIRECTIONS

Mix first 5 ingredients together crumbly.

Mix egg, vinegar and enough water to make 3/4 cup liquid.  Mix into dry ingredients.  Blend by hand until all the flour is incorporated. Refrigerate for an hour.

Roll out pastry thinly and cut into rounds. 

Place rounds in muffin tins and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes.  

Cool thoroughly.

Coconut filling

1/4 cup cashew milk

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 can coconut milk

1/3 cup sugar

pinch salt

1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS

Mix sugar, coconut milk,  sugar and salt into a pan. 

Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. 

Dissolve cornstarch in cashew milk.  Slowly incorporate mixture into pan.  

Continue boiling the mixture until thick while whisking.  Add vanilla and scoop into baked pastry.

Try Coconut Macaroons too!