• Berliner Donuts
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    Berliner Donuts

    Serves: 3-4

    Time: 1 hr + Rising

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Powdered Sugar Sprinkler

    Ich bin ein Berliner. I suppose it’s mandatory to start with that, certainly after tasting the recipe below. These fabulous donuts came to me from a Postcrosser in Germany who kindly sent me the recipe and now has me in the mood to revive my German. I love international recipe exchanges. Foods I wouldn’t even think of make their way to my door and I’m always a fan of trying them out. We got my son’s favorite soup recipe that way and have discovered a lot of new classics.

  • Blueberry Pie
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    Blueberry Pie

    Serves: 4-6

    Time: 1 hr

    Freezes: Yes

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Picking Blueberries

    Blueberries and vanilla ice cream pair so well together that I decided to skip a step and add that vanilla note up front. It’s very subtle. Also note the lack of mandatory lemon juice in this pie. My husband can’t stand lemon in his baked good, (unless it’s like a lemon bar or something) and claims that, however little you add, you can always taste it. He’s right actually. The solution to this (since the lemon is supposed to be there to balance out the sweet) is to pick with small children. They have a habit of picking the odd under ripe and therefore tart berry. Make the pie with everything picked and it will come out perfectly.

  • Raspberry Custard Pie
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    Raspberry Custard Pie

    Serves: 6-8

    Time: 1 hr

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Filling

    So this is clearly the part where I flood the site with black raspberry recipes. In our case, we have a ton of wild black raspberries that grow in our yard, although we also like to go out and pick berries commercially too. I love my classic black raspberry pie, but I’m always up for something new from my cookbook collection or the web. This one was fun to try because it had a different filling which made it almost like a varient on raspberry cream pie (also good, BTW). You can use either black or red raspberries in this.

  • Raspberry Turnovers
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    Raspberry Turnovers

    Serves: 6

    Time: 1 hr

    Freezes: Yes

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Filling

    We had a bumper year of raspberry picking last year, which is great because I love raspberry, they are some of my favorite berries (although to be fair I don’t know that I’ve ever met a berry I don’t like) and I enjoy picking in general. This year we went a little nuts and picked 13 lbs of berries. I made a lot of seriously awesome pie and will post that recipe soon. I also made jam and pie filling. Oh and these lovely pastries.

  • Cheesecake
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    Classic Cheesecake

    Serves: 6-8

    Time: 1.5 hrs

    Freezes: Yes

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Stirring filling

    This is my take on classic cheesecake, every rich decadent mouthful. I make this roughly once per year because it is so rich and decadent. Often it is my husband’s birthday cake and works particularly well for his Christmas birthday because it isn’t holiday themed. I also use it as a base layer for whatever “flavored” cheesecake you want, strawberry topped, add a swirl of homemade caramel, top with banana slices, chocolate curls, a sprinkle of pie spice. It makes the perfect palette.

  • Chicken Pot Pie
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    Chicken Pot Pie

    Serves: 4

    Time: 1 hr

    Freezes: Yes

    Reheats: Yes

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Ingredients Scatterer

    I don’t know if with spring coming up it counts as pot pie season, but then again, is there ever really a bad time of year for chicken pot pie? I personally don’t think so. I like to make this recipe after I’ve made a roast chicken and have leftovers.

  • Chocolate Potica
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    Chocolate Potica

    Serves: 6-8

    Time: 2 hrs +rising

    Freezes: Yes

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Spreading filling

    I will start off by saying that you will probably only like this recipe if you like the taste of dark chocolate because it features bittersweet chocolate. However, if you do like dark chocolate you will LOVE it as it tastes rich like a candy bar or nutella. It’s a love it or hate it sort of thing. If you tend to like eastern European sweets that have that dark chocolate bite to them you will totally love this recipe. You’ve been warned. Now the back story. I have a lovely friend who is Slovenian, living in Slovenia, and she mentioned that she makes walnut (the most traditional flavor) potica every year for Christmas and Easter.

  • Walnut Potica
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    Walnut Potica

    Serves: 6-8

    Time: 2 hrs + rising time

    Freezes: Yes

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Spread Filling

    I have a lovely lady friend who is my pen pal in Slovenia. Recently she wrote to me about one of their Christmas traditions, potica and how she made it for her entire family as per usual. She mentioned that there were a variety of flavors, but that she herself always sticks with walnut and was planning on making another round for Easter. Well since Easter is coming up I decided to google around and try this tasty sounding Slavic holiday tradition. I found a blog of Slovenian food with a tasty sounding recipe that was different in that it called for sour cream in the dough. Now I’ve worked with sour cream doughs in the past when I’ve made usky and pelmeni and I like them quite a bit. They are richer and so easier to stretch, handle and work with so I decided to give her recipe a spin. The results were very tasty, although my potica cracked, probably because sour cream dough is weaker than regular milk dough. I’ve asked my friend for her recipe and can’t wait to compare results. Meanwhile, below is the recipe for “apple” as my children so oddly call it, probably because of the cinnamon, potica which I would totally make again on another holiday just for fun.

Berliner Donuts

Berliner Donuts

Serves: 3-4

Time: 1 hr + Rising

Kid Friendly Tasks: Powdered Sugar Sprinkler

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

Serves: 4-6

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Picking Blueberries

Raspberry Custard Pie

Raspberry Custard Pie

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1 hr

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Filling

Raspberry Turnovers

Raspberry Turnovers

Serves: 6

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Filling

Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1.5 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stirring filling

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Ingredients Scatterer

Chocolate Potica

Chocolate Potica

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs +rising

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Spreading filling

Walnut Potica

Walnut Potica

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs + rising time

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Spread Filling

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Time: 1 hr

Kid Friendly Tasks: Cookie Sandwicher

In honor of our pumpkin picking and decorating this past weekend I made these pumpkin cookies to take along. Who doesn’t love whoopie pies, especially ones like these, that have marshmallow filling? I liked them so much I used the filling in a pumpkin spiced donut I made as a follow up. Even in 80 degree fall weather, nothing beats a pumpkin treat and cider. Try these out and I think you’ll agree.

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Berliner Donuts

Berliner Donuts

Serves: 3-4

Time: 1 hr + Rising

Kid Friendly Tasks: Powdered Sugar Sprinkler

Ich bin ein Berliner. I suppose it’s mandatory to start with that, certainly after tasting the recipe below. These fabulous donuts came to me from a Postcrosser in Germany who kindly sent me the recipe and now has me in the mood to revive my German. I love international recipe exchanges. Foods I wouldn’t even think of make their way to my door and I’m always a fan of trying them out. We got my son’s favorite soup recipe that way and have discovered a lot of new classics.

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Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

Serves: 4-6

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Picking Blueberries

Blueberries and vanilla ice cream pair so well together that I decided to skip a step and add that vanilla note up front. It’s very subtle. Also note the lack of mandatory lemon juice in this pie. My husband can’t stand lemon in his baked good, (unless it’s like a lemon bar or something) and claims that, however little you add, you can always taste it. He’s right actually. The solution to this (since the lemon is supposed to be there to balance out the sweet) is to pick with small children. They have a habit of picking the odd under ripe and therefore tart berry. Make the pie with everything picked and it will come out perfectly.

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Uszka

Polish Mini Pierogis aka Uszka

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stuffing

A lovely woman from Poland sent me the recipe below and said these were a favorite of hers. Several years having passed since the first pelmeni debacle I was willing to try them. Plus, they are served in the Polish version of borsch and I was already planning on making that over the weekend. Clearly, the stars had aligned. So why not I thought. I googled around to see a number of different uszka recipes and generally learn more about them. The recipe below is what I consolidated everything on. And this time it worked! Happy dance. These were AMAZING. Light, tasty and plain adorable. They look like the picture of every expertly made pelmeni that I’ve ever seen. I am totally making these again with different fillings. On a day when I have lots of time.

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Raspberry Custard Pie

Raspberry Custard Pie

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1 hr

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Filling

So this is clearly the part where I flood the site with black raspberry recipes. In our case, we have a ton of wild black raspberries that grow in our yard, although we also like to go out and pick berries commercially too. I love my classic black raspberry pie, but I’m always up for something new from my cookbook collection or the web. This one was fun to try because it had a different filling which made it almost like a varient on raspberry cream pie (also good, BTW). You can use either black or red raspberries in this.

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