Desserts

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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Raspberry Turnovers

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.

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Cheesecake

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.

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Chocolate Potica

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.

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Walnut Potica

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.

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