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Coconut, Almond and Chocolate Bars

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Nutty, chewy and chocolaty, these bars hit every craving. A toasty almond crust is topped with a creamy coconut and dark chocolate filling, and finished with a thick bittersweet glaze. This recipe calls for cream of coconut; similar to condensed milk, it can be found on the baking or drink aisle in most well-stocked supermarkets.

Coconut, Almond and Chocolate Bars

For the crust:

1 cup (5 oz./155 g) all-purpose flour

1/4 cup (2 oz./60 g) firmly packed dark brown sugar

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) (3 oz./90 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

3/4 cup (3 1/4 oz./105 g) slivered almonds, toasted and chopped

 

For the filling:

1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) canned cream of coconut

3 oz. (90 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1/4 cup (2 oz./60 g) sour cream

4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) (2 oz./60 g) unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups (5 oz./155 g) unsweetened flaked coconut

 

For the glaze:

3 Tbs. heavy cream

3 Tbs. unsalted butter

3 1/2 oz. (105 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped

 

Preheat an oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter an 8-inch (20-cm) square baking pan and line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang of about 2 inches (5 cm) on all sides. Butter the parchment.

 

To make the crust, in a food processor, combine the flour, brown sugar and salt and process to mix well. Add the butter and almonds and process until the texture resembles fine meal. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press firmly into the bottom. Bake until the crust is barely firm to the touch, about 40 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely.

 

Meanwhile, make the filling: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the cream of coconut to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, add the chocolate and stir constantly until melted. Transfer to a bowl. Add the sour cream and butter and stir until melted and smooth. Stir in the flaked coconut. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Spoon the filling into the cooled crust, smooth the top and refrigerate while you make the glaze.

 

To make the glaze, in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the cream and butter to a simmer, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low, add the chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Pour the hot glaze over the filling and spread to cover it evenly. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

 

Using the parchment, lift the dessert from the pan. Cut into bars and serve. Makes 12 to 16 bars.

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Pear-Cranberry Pie

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A mixture of pears and bright red cranberries make a colorful filling for this winter pie, a perfect choice for holiday celebrations. Making a lattice crust with strips of different widths gives it a fun casual look.

 

Pear-Cranberry Pie

2 rolled-out rounds deep-dish piecrust

2 1/2 lb. (1.25 kg) pears, peeled, cored and cut into 8 slices each

1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz./105 g) firmly packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup (2 oz./60 g) granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. grated orange zest

1/4 cup (1 oz./30 g) cornstarch

2 Tbs. kirsch

1 1/2 cups (6 oz./180 g) fresh or frozen cranberries

1 egg beaten with 1 tsp. water

2 tsp. turbinado sugar

 

Fit 1 dough round into a 9-inch (23-cm) deep-dish pie dish and gently press into the dish. Trim the edges flush with the rim. Refrigerate until ready to use.

 

Using a ruler as a guide, cut 10 strips of dough of varying widths, from about 3/8 inch (1 cm) to about 1 1/4 inches (3 cm) wide, from the remaining dough round. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to use.

 

Preheat an oven to 400°F (200°C).

 

To prepare the filling, in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, stir together the pears, the brown and granulated sugars, the cinnamon, salt, lemon juice, orange zest and cornstarch. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pears are just tender but not mushy, 15 to 20 minutes, depending on their ripeness. Uncover, stir in the kirsch and let cool to room temperature.

 

Stir the cranberries into the pear mixture and pour the filling into the prepared pie dish.

 

To create the lattice, lay 5 strips of dough spaced evenly apart on top of the pie filling. Fold back every other strip halfway and lay down a strip perpendicular across the unfolded strips. Repeat to place 5 strips of dough evenly across the top, folding back the alternate strips each time. Pinch the lattice strips onto the dough on the rim of the pie dish to make sure they bake together. Brush the lattice crust with the egg wash and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.

 

Place the pie dish on a baking sheet and bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling has begun to bubble, 45 minutes to 1 hour; check the pie after 30 minutes and cover the top and edges with foil if they become too dark. Let the pie cool on a wire rack for at least 2 1/2 hours before serving. Serves 8.

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Recipe Roundup: Thanksgiving Pies

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It’s the grand finale for our favorite meal of the year: the Thanksgiving pie! Whether you swear by the classics or are looking for a sweet new spin, these autumnal recipes have you covered. Keep reading, and get inspired to start baking.

 

Classic Pecan Pumpkin Butter PieClassic Pecan Pumpkin Butter Pie
This pie’s filling is a snap to prepare with Muirhead pecan pumpkin butter. With flavors of ripe pumpkin, premium pecans and classic spices, it’s a customer (and employee!) favorite every year.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie with Lattice CrustSalted Caramel Apple Pie with Lattice Crust
Capture the flavor of fall with a delicious apple pie, a traditional autumn favorite that gets a modern twist here with the addition of salted caramel.

Deep-Dish Apple Bourbon Streusel PieDeep-Dish Apple Bourbon Streusel Pie
Baked in a rectangular baking dish, this pie is perfect for serving a crowd. It’s packed with apples and spiked with a splash of bourbon, then topped with a crispy, buttery streusel.
Pear-Almond Pies with Toasted Almond-Spice Ice CreamPear-Almond Pies with Toasted Almond-Spice Ice Cream
Sized for individual servings and prepared with ourBreville pie maker, these little pies will be a hit at any gathering. Puff pastry makes a wonderfully flaky crust for the ripe pear filling.
Apple-Ginger-Cranberry Pie with Vanilla Ice CreamApple-Ginger-Cranberry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Here, autumn flavors of apple and cranberry get an extra hit of warmth from crystallized ginger. This pie is easy to make ahead, which makes it great for entertaining.

Classic Pumpkin PieClassic Pumpkin Pie
This traditional pie is easy to make, so get the whole family involved! The creamy, spiced pumpkin filling is wonderfully comforting and a little nostalgic. To add a fanciful finish, use decorative piecrust cutters to create shapes from rolled-out pie dough. Then bake the cutouts and place them on the baked and cooled pie.

Apple PieApple Pie
There is nothing more homey, autumnal and American than a warm apple pie cooling on the kitchen counter. Top each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or slices of sharp Cheddar cheese.
Spiced Apple-Cranberry PieSpiced Apple-Cranberry Pie
A medley of spices gives a flavor boost to this pie, which makes a festive addition to a winter gathering. Apples complement the flavor of tart cranberries, creating a bright, colorful filling.

Pecan PiePecan Pie
This Thanksgiving dessert is easy as pie, thanks to our jarred pecan pie filling. For even faster prep, use our piecrust mix instead of making the dough from scratch.
Pumpkin Ice Cream PiePumpkin Ice Cream Pie
Put a new spin on your holiday pie by filling it with pumpkin ice cream. A crispy crust and whipped cream topping completes this gorgeous dessert.
Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan StreuselSweet Potato Pie with Pecan Streusel
Sweet potatoes make a delicious and unexpected substitute for pumpkin in pies. This Southern-inspired treat is a great way to showcase yams in a new way.