Cakes, Pastries, & Pies, Oh My!

Here’s a gallery of past baking I’ve done. My goal is to eventually transcribe the recipes for everything. Note to self: make a baking bucket list. Ok, here’s one recipe for now:

Haupia Lemon Coconut Pie (Vegan -I modified this from the traditional Hawaiian haupia recipe)

Shortbread Pie Crust:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup melted margarine

Filling:
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk + 1/2 can water, divided
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
juice of 1 lemon

Garnish, optional:
coconut flakes
lemon peel curl

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. To make the shortbread crust, mix together the flour, powdered sugar, and melted margarine. Press this mixture into a 9″ pie pan, using your fingers to push it out to the edges and up the sides. Poke this crust with a fork a few times to prevent poofy bubbles. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crust is slightly browning.

2. For filling, sift the cornstarch into a saucepot. Add about 1/2 the coconut milk and whisk until smooth before adding the rest of the coconut milk, water, and sugar. Add lemon zest and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a boil slowly over medium-high heat, whisking frequently until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Pour the filling into the pre-baked pie crust and let set for 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature before refrigerating until fully cooled (a few hours). The filling should set up almost like jello.

4. For garnish, toast the coconut flakes lightly to garnish the pie, or add a few curls of lemon peel. I quick-candied my lemon curls by dipping them into a hot simple syrup and then sprinkling granulated sugar on them.

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Haupia Lemon Coconut Pie

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Buckwheat crepe filled with chocolate & fresh mint leaves

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Meringue

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Apple pie, raspberry pie

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Me at Thanksgiving a few years ago

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Mocha Cake (Vegan Gluten-free, made with buckwheat flour)

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March 17th Nutty Rum Cake

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Chocolate Almond Blueberry Cake (gluten-free)

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Almond Blueberry Cake with chocolate coconut icing

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Gluten-free almond blueberry cake

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Peach Raspberry Tart (Vegan Gluten-free)

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Thanksgiving apple pies and rugelach

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Rugelach with sunflower seeds & raisins & cinnamon

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Cinnamon Twists (Vegan)

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