How to make your own never fail pie crust

Never Fail Pie Crust…

seriously, cross my heart, not even kidding!

Making a good homemade pie crust use to be my nemesis.  I could never, ever make a good pie crust.  They would almost always without fail, fall apart.  Usually, I would just purchase the dough at the store and stock it in my freezer.  That was until my good friend shared her pie crust recipe with me and it is truly amazing!   So I thought I better share it with the world because you just never know when you are going to need a quick pie crust recipe.  Where would the world be without good friends?

 

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Never Fail Pie Crust… seriously!

Never Fail Pie Crust… seriously!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter flavor crisco
  • 1 cup hot or warm water

Instructions

  1. Mix your flour and sugar together and then take a pastry cutter and cut in crisco, until it is well-combined and soft and crumbly. Add your water until the dough pulls together and sticks. You may not need all the water.
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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (Gluten Free)

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (gluten free)
Yields 12
A delicious moist muffin
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1/8 cup COCONUT FLOUR
  5. 3/4 cup Almond Flour
  6. 2/3 cup arrowroot flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  10. zest of two lemons
  11. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  12. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  13. 1/2 cup buttermilk, yogurt, or kefir
  14. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  15. 1/2 teaspoon Gelatin
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin pan. Mix wet ingredients first, then add dry. Mix until just combined. Use a 1/4 cup scoop and put in muffin pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
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Soaked Whole Wheat Bread

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For years I have made my own homemade bread and I thought I was being very smart in making whole wheat bread for my family.  But then I started studying Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions, and I found that the phytic acid in the wheat needs to break down to be so that you can get the complete nourishment out of your bread.  I also love reading  DaNelle’s blog weedemandreap fora simple easy explanation about why you should properly prepare your grains.   DaNelle states that you need to do one of the three s’s, which are soak, sprout, or sour leaven them.   

I have tried the sour leavening and I could not achieve a soft bread, it always came out dense and hard.   I tried a few different soaking options and they always tasted bit sour and “off”.   I was feeling quite discouraged that I could not achieve a great tasting healthy bread.    I decided to incorporate the soaking that I had learned with the recipe that my family loved, before we learned about soaking.  The result– AMAZING!  

 

First you take the water, flour, and acidic medium ( apple cider vinegar, lemon, kefir, yogurt, or whey).  My favorite is yogurt or kefir, it doesn’t seem to leave any sour taste.   Mix together, cover, and let sit 12-24 hours.    I usually do this the night before so I can make bread the next morning or afternoon.

This is what it looks like the next day.

 

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 I throw that mixture into my Bosch, and I add the rest of my ingredients.

Allow it to raise and double in size and then cut the dough into three pieces and put into loaf pans.  Allow to rise again and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

 

The result- tall, fluffy, soft bread.  The kids loved it!

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Soaked Whole Wheat Bread
Yields 3
This bread is wholesome, nutritious, soft and fluffy.
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Prep Time
1 hr 20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Prep Time
1 hr 20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 1/2 cups freshly ground whole wheat flour
  2. 3 cups filtered water
  3. 2 tablespoons acidic medium (lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, yogurt, kefir, or whey)
  4. 1/4 cup warm water
  5. 1 Tablespoon Saf Instant Yeast
  6. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 1/2 cup melted butter
  9. 1/4 cup molasses
  10. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  11. 1 vitamin c capsule or crushed tablet
  12. 2 teaspoons salt
  13. 1 cup extra flour.
Instructions
  1. Mix together your flour, water, and acidic medium you can add more water if dough seems dry, cover, and let soak overnight or 12-24 hours.
  2. After mixture has soaked- take 1/4 cup warm water, yeast, and sugar and mix together and let sit until yeast is fluffy and bubbly.
  3. Add yeast mixture to flour mixture, and turn mixer on high and set timer for 10 minutes. Add butter, molasses, baking soda, vanilla, vitamin c, salt, and enough flour until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Ideally you want to add all your ingredients in the first 4 minutes or your 10 minute timer. Allow the dough to mix on high until timer goes off.
  4. After mixing is complete, allow dough to raise until doubled in size, punch down, and grease the table and hands, pull dough out and cut with serrated knife into 3 pieces. Roll into loaves and put into greased loaf pans. Allow to rise again, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. The baking soda, and vitamin c help with the soft fluffy texture so don't leave them out. I use molasses instead of honey because the flavor is amazing, but you can use honey instead. Also I have used coconut oil instead of butter it was great too. The vanilla helps with any sour taste left by the acidic medium. Be sure to put in salt last, as it can kill the yeast and cause your bread not to rise as well.
  2. Good luck!
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Homemade Pop Tarts

The kids loved making these homemade pop tarts.  They were super simple and tasty.  They are also super versatile so even your picky eaters will eat them since they can pick their own filling!

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Homemade Pop-Tarts


Pie Crust

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter shortening ( I have used half butter and half shortening before)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water ( you may not use all of it )

Mix your dry ingredients together in a food processor.

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Add your shortening or butter and pulse until crumbly.

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This will make enough dough for 2 pie crusts or 8-12 pop tarts depending on size.

Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch think or thinner and cut into rectangles about 3X4 inches.

Filling ideas


  • Jelly or jam
  • Nutella and bananas
  • Applesauce
  • Apples and cinnamon and sugar with a tiny bits of butter
  • Peaches and cinnamon
  • Butter/Cinnamon/Brown Sugar

Be creative and let me know what different fillings you have tried!

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Put your filling on a rectangle and place the other rectangle on top, take a fork and go around the edges and press down to seal.

Beat one egg and brush on top of pop tart for a golden flaky crust.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

You can also frost the tops with a powdered sugar glaze.

Enjoy!

Homemade Pizza

This homemade whole wheat pizza is a family favorite!  It’s super easy and fun to make with the kids.  I love to add tons of veggies as toppings to help it be more healthy.

I got this recipe from Pioneer Woman’s cookbook.  I tweaked a few things since her recipe uses white flour and mine is whole wheat.

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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups of flour, if using freshly ground whole wheat flour add 1/4 cup more

In a small bowl sprinkle the yeast over the water and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl mix your flour, salt, and oil.   When your yeast mixture is slightly bubbly, slowly pour it over your flour mixture.  Mix until combined.   Cover and let rise until doubled in size.  (This step is completely optional if you are in a hurry. I have baked it right after mixing it.)  You can usually make two pans of pizzas with this recipe.   If you are making it in advance you can leave it in the fridge for 2-3 days or pop it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

We were having a cousin party so we made personal pan pizzas.  The perfect thing to do when you have many mouths to feed with different tastes.

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 Spread your dough until you achieve your desired thickness.

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 I usually take an 8 oz can of tomato sauce and add some italian seasoning to it.

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Add whatever toppings your heart desires!

We usually add:

Peppers

Tomatoes

Fresh Mozzarella is the best

Mushrooms

Pepperoni

Canadian Bacon

Pinapple

Really the sky is the limit!

Enjoy!

Stuffed French Toast-Blueberry

 

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This french toast recipe was super easy and delicious!

Blueberry Stuffed French Toast


  • 6-8 slices of bread

  • Cream Cheese
  • Blueberries
  • 3 eggs
  • milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Dash of cinnamon

Mix eggs, milk or cream, vanilla, and cinnamon together, set aside.   Whip your cream cheese so that it is easier to spread, if you would like you can add a bit of sugar to the cream cheese.  Spread cream cheese on all your bread slices, add some blueberries to half of the slices, and then add another slice of bread on top.  Dip in your egg mixture and then cook on a 350 degree griddle.  Cook a few minutes on each side until both sides are golden brown.  Approximately 2-3 minutes on each side.

Top with more blueberries, maple syrup, or as shown above, honey syrup.

Healthy Banana Bread

This recipe is healthy and SUGAR free! It is also delicious. Your kids won’t even know that it doesn’t have an ounce of sugar in it. Well, sugar free that is besides the chocolate chips, but you can leave those out and it would still be delicious!

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Whole Wheat Banana Bread


  •  3 bananas (mashed)
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil (softened)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons of plain or vanilla yogurt or you can use buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or you can use white flour)
  • 2 teaspoons Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Mix all your wet ingredients together.    In a seperate bowl mix your dry ingredients together.

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Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix until combined.

Next add your nuts or chocolate chips or both!

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Put in loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.

Let sit for 5 minutes and then remove from pan and let cool on a kitchen rack.

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Enjoy!!

 

How to make your own whole wheat bread

This is one of the easiest, fail-proof, delicious recipes I have ever made.  Who doesn’t love a piece of homemade bread, fresh out of the oven?
This bread is moist, soft, and fluffy.

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Whole Wheat Bread


5 cups warm water

2 1/2 Tablespoons yeast  (I use Saf-Instant), you can purchase here.

5 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup molasses (my fave found here)

1/2 cup oil,  I have used regular ole’ canola oil, or when I decided to be healthier I used coconut oil.  Melt it first by warming it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds if you are using coconut oil.

4 teaspoons salt

9-12 cups of whole wheat flour  (any flour can be used)

 

Mix warm water, yeast, and sugar together.  Let sit for 5-10 minutes.

 While the yeast is sitting, I usually grind my wheat in my wheat grinder, so it is fresh.  Plus- it is the perfect amount of time for my yeast to activate.

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This is the best wheat grinder I have used.  I highly recommend it.  It is quiet and fairly clean. You can purchase it here.

Note: you do not have to use fresh ground wheat for this recipe.

I used hard white wheat.

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After your yeast is the perfect bubbly mixture add your molasses, and oil. Mix slightly. Turn on your timer for 10 minutes.

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Turn on your mixer to the highest setting.

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Start adding your flour, one cup at a time, when you have added about 4 cups, add your salt. If you add your salt before your flour it has the potential to kill your yeast- which equals flat bread. Continue adding the rest of the flour until your dough pulls away from the bowl.

You want to add all of your ingredients within the first 4 minutes of your 10 minute mixing time.

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After all your ingredients have been added, let the mixer continue mixing on the highest setting for the rest of the 10 minutes.

It should look like this when finished.

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Grease the counter with cooking spray or oil and cut with a serrated knife into 4-5 five equal size portions. I can usually get 4-5 loaves of bread out of a batch.

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Try to keep your little one’s fingers out of the dough. My boys love to eat the dough.
That loaf may need some reshaping… don’t ya just love kids!

Let the loaves rise until double in size, usually about 30 minutes to an hour depending on how warm  your house is.

After it has risen, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is 180 degrees.

 

So that is how you make a yummy loaf of bread!  My family is addicted to it now and we hate store bought bread.

My 4 year old particularly loves it toasted, with brown sugar and butter on top.  It is a real treat!