I haven't been exploring pies for a long time (years even!) due to many depressing failed attempts. However, I finally have a proven recipe that is relatively easy to make and will impress at any potluck or dinner event. So search no more pie-making yearners, this is legitimately tried, tested, and true. Here we go!
The Createry Shop's Easy Apple Pie Recipe - TESTED and TRUE
(makes one 9" pie)
Ingredients - Double Pie Crust
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- A pinch of salt
- 1 stick of vegetable shortening, cold
- 2 to 4 tbsp of cold water
- 1 egg beaten to be used as egg wash
Ingredients - Pie Filling
- 4 medium apples - cored, peeled, and sliced evenly (this is probably the most time consuming task in my opinion!)
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar (3/4 of brown sugar if apples are more tart than sweet)
- 1 tbsp of cinnamon
Directions to make double pie crust shell
1) Mix flour and salt in a bowl.
2) Add cubes of shortening to bowl and start mixing to create dough. Add tbsp of cold water for consistency to make dough stick together and not become crumbly.
3) Roll out dough and lay on 9" pie shell. Cut dough to fit shell. Do this twice to get 2 crusts (1 for bottom, 1 for top).
Directions to make pie
4) Mix all of the pie filling ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside and let sit for 30 minutes to let apple juices flow out of apple slices. This helps in preventing your pie from becoming a pool of liquid mess!
5) Scoop filling into pie shell, making sure to drain as much juice out and lay the apple slices evenly throughout pie shell. This helps the pie keep its structure when cutting into it.
6) Using a cookie cutter, cut a hole in the middle of the 2nd top pie crust shell for ventilation. Place 2nd pie shell over pie as the top shell and seal edges together by pressing edges down with a fork.
7) Brush egg wash all over top shell.
8) Put pie on a baking sheet, back at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, then at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes.
9) Remove pie from oven, let cool. Impress people with your yummy homemade apple pie!
Launching my latest collection of Read Bead Beanies! Every beanie is 100% hand-made and unique. Inspirational text beads to read make every beanie individually yours.
Re-invigorated by beautiful winter scenes and outdoor views of the world. Every beanie has a bead with an inspired word. Always comfy, always cozy. Dyed yarn in striking, fun, and edgy colors that will stand out in the blinding snow.
Available now on The Createry Shop Etsy store at:
- 100% hand-made, made in Canada.
- 100% acrylic yarn, so it won't shrink, fade, keep it's shape, minimize pill, and super durable.
- Machine washable and dryable. Use normal to low heat.
- Do not bleach, do not iron, do not dry clean.
- Every item is uniquely made, slight variations on each product from catalogue photo is normal.
- Product is shipped from Vancouver and Greater Vancouver Area, Canada.
- We ship across North America! Canada and United States of America.
- Shipping duration typically 2 weeks within North America. The Createry Shop is not responsible for delays crossing borders, customs, or issues with incorrect addresses and courier errors.
- Please contact the Createry Shop directly if you require international shipping information.
My cookie exchange this year requires over 70 pieces of sweet treats to be packaged up and passed around with care. I just couldn't imagine an easier, quicker, and yummier way to accomplish this than with an awesome chocolate bark recipe!
What makes this awesome-r than the rest? No need to buy chunks of chocolate bricks and chopping them down to melt. All you need is chocolate chips, a BIG bag of peanuts, and anything else your heart desires (I have listed some delish optionals at the end of the recipe). Oh, and did I mention it looks absolutely fabulous once you cut them up and present them? This is definitely one of my go-to recipe hacks for anybody ready to impress.
SO EASY Chocolate Bark Recipe (makes about 24 pieces or 30 small pieces)
- 6 cups of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup of white chocolate chips (for drizzling on top)
- 4 cups of plain, unsalted peanuts
1) Take a 17x12 large baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Do not grease it!
2) In a microwave safe bowl, put all of your dark chocolate chips in it and microwave at 1 minute intervals, stirring after each minute to ensure the chips are melted evenly.
3) Once completely melted, add in peanuts and stir together until fully mixed.
4) Pour mixture onto baking sheet and spread out. Ensure even spread.
5) Now in another microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate chips and drizzle it on top of the spread.
6) Allow to cool and solidify for about 2 hours.
7) Remove from sheet and cut into pieces.
Optional items to try out: dried cranberries, coconut shavings, pecans, almonds, and even sunflower seeds!
My girl is into Shopkins. Really into Shopkins. After her birthday yesterday I realized how much more her friends are into Shopkins - ravenous, impulsive, electrified little girls feasting their eyes over these tiny plastic and rubber tokens once they saw them sitting on a pillow of icing. Just like savvy car salesmen, the moment they found their goody bags filled with more Shopkin paraphernalia, they started wheeling and dealing with each other like their life depended on just closing the sale.
"How about I trade you the Cheeky Chocolate for your Kooky Cookie?"
"If you want Gram Jam I can throw in D'Lish Donut for your Apple Blossom."
Me: "So what's the cheese's name". Unimpressed kid: "Cheesy". Me: "Of course it is."
The word I'm trying to find here is.... Anyways. Enjoy these Shopkin Cupcakes!
Here it is on the big day, everyone loved the colors of the ombre and they did comment on how it could look like a wedding day cake if done up in all white or cream colors. By the way, each slice of cake was enormous in height. Hope this inspires you to do your own rosette cake!
Went to my local cupcakery shop and as I walked in I could not stop looking at this one wedding cake completely covered in rosettes with piped icing. It looked so romantic and gave me this feeling of wanting to practice my piping techniques again. I think I've been too obsessed with fondant lately I forgot all the things you can do with just a bag of colorful icing and a good sturdy wrist.
This also reminded me how much hard work it is to make cakes, and how much I love doing it (this particular cake is an 8" two-layer vanilla cake with a dome shaped top.... and it weighs like a brick!) Hope you like it.
Ok, sometimes (more often than I will admit) I just want to knit. Like, mindless knit. I crave easy, fast, straight forward knitting projects that I can whip up in one evening without having to think too much about it. Please, So if you are feeling like this right now, then I have the answer to curb your momentary knit need. Follow me ahead.....
Createry Shop’s Easy Sporty Hand Warmers - Free Knitting
Straight knitting needles, size 5.5mm (US9)
Medium worsted weight yarn in Greystone (1 ball
of 100g yarn is more than enough)
Medium worsted weight yarn in goldenrod (1 ball
of 100g yarn is more than enough)
Gauge is not critical for this pattern.
Knitting Pattern (make 2):
With goldenrod color yarn, CO 20 sts.
Knit 4 rows.Break goldenrod yarn and switch to Greystone yarn.
RS: Knit 1 row.
WS: K3, P14, K3.
Repeat steps [3 to 4] until piece measures 5
inches.Make sure you end on step 4
which is the WS.Break Greystone yarn
and switch back to goldenrod yarn.
RS: Knit 3 rows.
Bind off all sts.Break yarn leaving a long tail.
Fold piece in half with the goldenrod borders
touching.With tapestry needle, use long
tail left over to sew up edges together leaving a thumbhole approximately 1.5
inches wide.Securely tie off ends.
Make sure that for the 2nd piece the
thumbhole is placed properly so that both pieces mirror each other.
Slip on hand warmers and wow your friends by
telling them it only took one evening to make them!
Starting a brand new year, everyone is full of great intentions and aspirations. What can I say, I'm a sucker for the idea that we can mentally erase the scoreboard and start over with a clean slate on 01/01. We all do the "eat better, live better, be happier, exercise" but I have some fun things to my scoreboard like try on a new lipstick every month, learn how to properly ski, throw out at least 1 thing from my house every week to stop the clutter nightmare, and of course, knit more and bake more. However, after week 1 and now into week 2 I realize I need to ease myself in slowly to all my self-inflicted expectations.
So to ease on into the year, here is a wonderfully easy butter cookie recipe that really can be used as a the cookie dough base for many other cookies. You can prep beforehand, and freeze it until you need it. I just so happened to tint 3 batches and decided to make a swirly rainbow cookie with clear sprinkles instead of using cookie cutters. Use this recipe all year round, have fun, be creative, it's gonna be a great year!
Super Easy Butter Cookies
(makes approximately 20 to 25 cookies)
- 2.5 cups of flour
- 1 cup butter, softened to room temp.
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
1) Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
2) In a mixer, mix flour and sugar together at slow speed.
3) add butter and then vanilla to mix.
4) once a dough ball begins to form, place dough onto surface and kneed until consistent.
5) For my rainbow swirl cookie effect, divide dough into 3 portions and tint 1 portion pink, 2nd portion teal, and leave the 3rd as is.
6) Rolls each dough out to a rectangle approximately 12 inches by 7 inches, give or take 1 or 2 inches.
7) Stack each rectangle dough on each other and roll it up into a log.
8) Plastic wrap the log and place in freezer for about 20 minutes.
9) Remove from freezer, take plastic wrap off, and cut into slices 1/2 inch thick.
10) Place on greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool before serving or decorating.
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