Sunday, November 22, 2009

Crab Quiche and Oil Pie Crust

Pie Crust: 
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup oil (it called for vegetable, I used EVOO)
  • 1/2 cup milk
Directions: Mix flour and salt together. In another bowl and oil and milk together- do not stir, and add all at once to flour mixture. Stir until mixed  and shape into two flat balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes or more.
Roll out on floured surface and place in pie dish.

Crab Quiche
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup mayo 
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 lb imitation crab meat
  • black pepper - to taste
  • sauteed onions, bell peppers and corn
  • other spices - to taste
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine first 4 ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into pie crust. Cook for 35-40 minutes.

Thoughts: We all loved this! I used the pie crust recipe as written above and doubled the crab quiche recipe - there was too much of the filling, but had I doubled the pie crust recipe there would have been too much crust!
There were enough scraps of pie crust dough left over that I put some in a mini muffin tin, made a thumb print "hole" in the middle and filled it with the quiche filling for the boys - they loved the kid size quiche :)

We ate one quiche and I put the other one (precooked) in the freezer, when we eat it I'll let you know how it did being frozen.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Banana Bread

I tripled this Banana Bread recipe but ran out of some of the ingredients that were needed and added some of my own extras and ended up LOVING the end result so thought I would post it here. Note: This will make a triple batch of bread/muffins. (I made both!)


6 cups flour
3 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup of butter + 1/2 cup apple sauce*
1 3/4 cups of brown sugar**
6 eggs
15 bananas (or 7 cups)

*The original recipe tripled would have been 1.5 cups of butter, but I only had 1 cup, so I added applesauce in place of the missing half cup.
** The original recipe tripled would have been 2 1/4 cup brown sugar - ew! I cut out half a cup figuring that the apple sauce would act as sweetener too.
Both of those changes worked really well - I *love* this recipe!


Preheat oven to 350F and prepare your bread and/or muffin tins.

In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt.
In a seperate bowl cream together butter, apple sauce and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.

Stir flour mixture in with banana mixture, stir until moistened. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Loaves will bake for about 60 minutes and muffins will vary depending on their size. I think my mini muffins took about 20 minutes.

With this recipe I made 1 loaf, 7 jumbo muffins and 48 mini muffins - our freezer is now full of banana muffins, perfect for a quick snack or when friends drop by!

Review: I love this recipe!
There are so many things that can be done to spruce up the muffins/bread.
My favorite thing to add to them is raspberry chocolate chips - I bought an enormous amount of 'gourmet' chocolate chips after the holidays last year when I found them marked at a huge discount and the raspberry ones are SO good in the muffins!

To others I added walnuts, a spice crumble and dried strawberries. They're all yummy, but the chocolate is my favorite!