Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pumpkin Pie

I have tried pumpkin pie once many years ago when I was in America. I don't remember whether I liked it or not so decided to try Tatiana's recipe. I also looked forward to trying the popular American graham crust. As we don't have graham crackers in Australia, Google suggested I substitute Shredded Wheatmeal so that's what I did. (I also made my own butternut pumpkin puree.)

The crust was easy enough to make, although (for once) the quantity seemed just a tad small to line my pie dish. I also had to add just a bit more butter to make the crumbs stick better. Nothing drastic though.

Thirty-five minutes was enough in my fan-forced oven because after that it started to burn slightly around the edges. (I wished the recipe specified whether the temperature was for a conventional or fan-forced oven. I was getting slightly annoyed by the small details that have been left out of many recipes and for an amateur cook were important.)

The pie came out beautifully from the oven and I couldn't wait to taste it. I'm sorry to say but I was majorly disappointed yet again. The crust was fine but the filling didn't impress me. For the recipe's defence, it could be because I'm not a fan of cream mixed with eggs which gave it a bit of a flan flavour. My husband liked it and thought it was fine. (He is a big fan of the flan.) His family gobbled it up as well so maybe the pie was good, just not to my taste.

Husband: 3/5
Wife: 2/5

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

So I have finally made another recipe from Tatiana's Table. Being low on time and energy, I picked these cookies as they seemed quick and easy to make (and I couldn't predict how long my baby boy would lie quietly in his rocker). I started with a bit of trepidation, having been disappointed by my last few attempts. I was pleasantly surprised that the directions were very straight forward and the cookies themselves were very easy to make (the only minor challenge was pressing the dough evenly into the pan with my fingers - it might've been better if I rolled it out with a pin and then pressed it).

The house smelled absolutely delicious while the cookies were baking in the oven. Even my three-year-old daughter inquired as soon as she entered the house, "Have you made cookies?"

Everything was going too well until I started making the glaze. I have always used a different glaze recipe for shortbread cookies that I have made in the past and never had a problem. I think there might've been something not quite right with the quantities because I had to keep adding icing sugar to make it less liquid. The recipe specified for 2-3 tablespoons of milk. In a hurry, I added almost three tablespoons which was way too much. Even after adding numerous spoons of icing sugar, the glaze was watery and frothy and took forever to set.

The end result? My first batch (which turned out thicker) tasted more like shortbread rather than the crispier second batch which my husband preferred. I didn't mind either although I much prefer the other shortbread recipe that I have used and always got good reviews. These cookies were not as sweet by themselves but were sweetened by the glaze which made them taste not quite right. Of course, some people might prefer them that way. I think I'll stick to my original recipe.

Husband: 3/5
Wife: 3/5