My first all-homemade pie, part 2.

So, I just finished making my pie.  A custard pie.  Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 parbaked 9-inch pastry shell (I used the one I made in my previous post)
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Nutmeg

First, preheat the oven to 400F.  In a small bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk with the hot water.  Gradually whisk in the eggs, making sure they don’t cook and clump up.  Add the vanilla and salt and stir until combined.  Pour the mixture into your pie crust and sprinkle the top with nutmeg.

Bake for 10 minutes at 400F then, while the pie is still in the oven, reduce the heat to 300F and bake for 30 minutes more or until the custard is set and the pastry is done.  You can tell when the custard is done when a knife blade comes out clean after its inserted into the centre of the pie.

Cool and enjoy!

Do you like pie?  What sort of pie do you like?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and recipes!

Happy baking!




My first all-homemade pie, part 1.

The reason I’m calling this pie “all-homemade” is because I made the crust.  I’ve made other pies but I’ve used store-bought crusts and I wanted to see if I could make one from scratch.  So, here are the ingredients (this is a gluten-free pie crust):

  • 1/3 cup potato starch, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup millet flour
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

First, preheat your oven to 375F.  Combine potato starch, tapioca flour, millet flour, almond meal, sugar and salt into a food processor. and pulse a few times to combine.  Add the butter and pulse again until the dough looks coarse.  Add the egg and pulse until completely combined and the dough rolls into a ball.

Turn the dough onto a large piece of waxed paper, lightly dusted with potato starch.  Sprinkle potato starch over the dough and knead gently until the dough holds together.  You may need to add more potato starch so the dough isn’t sticky.  Press the dough into a 10-inch circle using your fingertips.

Invert a 9-inch pie pan on top of the dough and quickly flip over the dough with the pan.  The dough should be resting into the pan.  Gently peel off the wax paper and press dough into the pie pan, patching any holes.  Crimp and trim the edges and prick the bottom and sides with a fork.  Line the crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans (I used dried beans).

Bake until crust is just set and slightly dry around the edges, about 15 minutes.  Remove parchment paper and pie weights.  And, voilá!  Fill with desired pie filling and bake as needed.

If your pie recipe calls for  a pre-baked crust, return it to the oven and bake until cooked through, 15 minutes more.

Part 2….coming soon!



I love cake.

I had a craving for cake today.  So, I made a yogurt cake.  It’s such an easy cake to make if you have lots of yogurt to use up.  Here’s what I used:

  • 1 cup (250 grams) any flavoured yogurt (I used the homemade yogurt that I made in the Instant Pot)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I used cake & pastry flour)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

First, preheat the oven to 350F and grease an 8-inch cake pan (I used a springform pan).  In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer on medium speed, lightly beat eggs (approximately 30 seconds) add oil, sugar and yogurt, beat for 1 minute until smooth.

Add flour and baking powder and beat until well combined approximately another minute.


Pour into greased cake pan and bake 35-40 minutes or until tested done (when toothpick or knife inserted in cake comes out clean).


You can sprinkle with powdered sugar once cool, if you like.

Do you love cake?  What sort of cake do you like the most?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy baking!


I have tattoos.  1 on each of my forearms, a small flower on my shoulder blade, an ankh on the side of my lower back, and 2 other Egyptian symbols on my abdomen.  The only ones I really love are the 2 on my forearms (they are exactly the same):

The other ones I got about 20 years ago, when I was young and stupid.  So, I’m looking to get 2 more as cover-ups.  Since I am a huge Trekker/Trekkie, I’m going to get the IDIC symbol to cover up the small flower on my shoulder blade.  Here is what I’m picturing:


I also want to get IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) written in Vulcan underneath it.  It looks like this:


I’m not sure what to get for the other cover-up though.  It’s a fairly small tattoo that I need to cover but I’m stumped for ideas.  I want something nerdy/geeky but not tacky.  Any suggestions?

Do you have any tattoos?  How many and what are they of?  I’d love to hear about them!