Snickerdoodle Pie

Growing up, my mom made a lot of pies. (And man, was she good at it. I’m STILL trying to perfect my crust to taste like hers…) But as a kid, one of my favorite parts of her pie making was when she would use the rest of the crust dough to make a cinnamon roll, basically a roll of warm, cinnamon sugar deliciousness. My sisters and I would slice piece after piece of that warm cinnamon roll once it came out of the oven, claiming that we were “just tasting it” as the roll quickly disappeared. So, when I came across a snickerdoodle pie recipe, I was interested to see if it would taste somewhat like my beloved cinnamon roll. And I was happily surprised that, yes, it did. A buttery, warm, deep dish version of one. This pie has been such a hit in this house that I’m not even ashamed to admit that this is our second pie in 2 weeks. Even Miss Leah has found love with her new word “pie!” as she happily inhaled a small piece last night (and then wanted more….)

So, for all those who have asked (and for those who didn’t, but should have) here is the recipe for the most amazing snickerdoodle pie

Snickerdoodle Pie
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
For the crust…
Stir together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt
Using a pastry blender, cut in 1/4 cup shortening and 1/4 cup butter until pieces are about pea size. (Side note, you can get creative with crust. You can also use only butter or only shortening (so 1/2 cup of either), you can use 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup coconut oil, etc. Play around with it and see what you like best!)
Sprinkle 1 tablepoon of ice cold water over the mixture and toss with a fork (pushing moistened crust to the outside of the bowl) Repeat, using 1 tablespoon of water at a time, until flour mixture is moistened.
Gather flour mixture into a ball and knead it until it holds together.
On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to flatten the crust slightly and then roll crust from the center to the edges into a circle.
Pull flattened crust into a 9-inch pie plate and trim and crimp the edges. Do not prick the bottom of the crust!

Combine 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Melt 2 teaspoons of butter and brush it over the bottom of the pie crust. Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture evenly over the butter and set the crust aside.

For the syrup….
In a small saucepan combine 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of butter, 3 tablespoons water, 2 tablespoons of corn syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Boil gently (on LOW) for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and set aside. (**Side note, the first time I made this pie I did not have any corn syrup so I skipped it, instead adding in a tablespoon of granulated sugar and 1 more tablespoon of water. I noticed no difference with the second pie when I did use the corn syrup…so….do what you would like…**)

For the filling…
In a large mixing bowl, beat 1/4 cup soft butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat in 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter. Beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup of milk. Beat in 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour. Spread evenly into the pie plate. Slowly pour syrup over pie filling. Sprinkle mixture of 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon over the top.

I found to help the crust from browning too quickly, cover the edge of the pie with foil for the first 25 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
Second side note, I have two 9-inch pie plates, one that is much deeper than the other. The first time I made this pie I used my shallow dish and the syrup topping almost overflowed the sides. The second time I used my deeper dish pie plate and the filling and syrup topping fit perfectly with no spillage.

Enjoy!!

 

 

Birthday in review

My birthday weekend was amazing. A review in pictures:

After a week of rain my birthday dawned bright, sunny and cool, perfect birthday weather. Hubs started the festivities off right with homemade belgian waffles in bed with strawberries, whipped cream and powdered sugar. What a sweetheart. The day continued with a trip to the beach, a pizza and pastries lunch, dinner with the fam at my favorite Italian restaurant, and a homemade ice cream cake for dessert. Finish off the weekend with holding kittens at the farmers market and it just about nears perfection.

Sadly I dropped my parents off at the airport this evening, after lunch and a tour at the hospital where I work. I love family weekends, but hate how fast they fly by! Luckily we are trying to convince the fam to do this all over again next month for my mom and sister’s birthday. Everyone needs a spring trip to Florida, right?

Happy Monday!

Sister Sister and movie nights

It’s the eve before my birthday and I couldn’t be more excited. I don’t know what it is exactly about birthdays that makes me feel like a kid on Christmas, but whatever it is, I’m excited. Full on butterflies in the stomach thrilled. You get this one day that feels so special, like anything could happen and it’s just kind of magical. It doesn’t matter if you’re turning 6 or 26, birthday’s just plain rock.

End of the week recap: Thursday night Cakes and I went on a little sistah sistah date to a great Greek restaurant in town. I love spending nights with just my sister. Sisters are one of the few people you can sit can just sit back with and totally be yourself. The conversation flows and whether you’re talking about the good, the bad or the ugly, it really doesn’t matter. Because you’re family and that’s what family is for.

As you can see the place was totally hoppin. Seriously, I’m shocked we even got a seat!

Tonight the running club plus one honorary member took me out for an early birthday celebration. After stuffing our faces at a great Thai place downtown we rushed to make the 6:55 showing of The Vow. And I mean rushed. As in we didn’t even have time to stop at CVS to stock up on cheap candy because we were running that late and instead had to buy small $5 boxes of skittles at the theater. And then it turns out the theater canceled the 6:55 show and changed it instead to 7:25. So we sat there, angrily eating our expensive candy, thinking about all the good stuff we could have bought at CVS for the same price. Darn you movie theater!!!

And really, I won’t get too into the movie but I will say that I was a tad disappointed. When I watched the previews, there was Channing, passionately declaring his undying love and devotion to his wife who didn’t even remember his name and I thought, while choking back tears, “What a testament to true love!!!!” And then I went and saw the movie and came crashing back to earth, bitterly disappointed with Channing’s efforts. And that’s all I will say about that.

My parent’s come back from their cruise tomorrow and I’m so excited to spend my birthday and weekend with them! Birthday’s are the best, but they’re the total bestest with family. 🙂

Happy weekend!

And we’ve arrived!

Hubs and I spent the day moving into the new place and we are now 99% moved in! I’ll tell you what, moving sure is easy when you are literally transporting your crap 100 yards down the street. The only huge thing left to move is our dresser, which is so outrageously heavy that even my strong woman arms couldn’t lift it. So for now it will sit in our old, empty bedroom. And we will just have to go without drawers for a few days.

The new house is awesome. I am loving the space that we have and the fact that we now have an upstairs! It’s crazy how a set of stairs can make a house feel 20 times larger.

One of the first things we did was set up one of our Christmas gifts, an awesome Blu-Ray player from my parents. And then we stole their Netflix password so we could watch as many episodes of The Office as we want. Thanks mom and dad.

And then hubs celebrated the move by making his world famous fries in our new bigger (yet still crazy messy) kitchen.

More pics of the place coming soon, once it actually looks neat and pretty.

Until then, happy weekend. 🙂

Exhausted…

Man oh man has this been a crazy week.
December at a children’s hospital brings a Santa Clause every other day, plus a million high school groups who want to come caroling plus holiday craft groups galore…and so on.
And although I love every single minute of it, I definitely come home from work every night totally drained.
And it does make Fridays and the thought of 2 days of resting all the more wonderful.

So welcome weekend.

This weekend may bring a big change for me and hubs! There is a chance that we could be moving to a larger apartment soon.
An apartment that’s more of a house and less of a “I can hear everything my neighbor does” complex.
Plus it’s a 2 bedroom, which means that we are now accepting visitors.
So, you know, if you want to come on down to south FL we would have the space!
More details coming soon

For now I plan on curling up with a good movie (we finally rented Water for Elephants and I’m so excited! That is one of my all time favorite books).
And although husband claims that the cover of the movie “makes it look like it’s going to be boring” I know it’s going to be awesome. Add in some ice cream and you have a perfect Friday night.

Happy Weekend.

Thanksgiving…

was wonderful. The weather could not have been more perfect. I was a little worried after the arctic temperatures Brett and I experienced in Virginia last week, but New York could not have been better. Sunny, crisp and a perfect 68 degrees…for all 4 days. Unbelievable.

Thanksgiving dinner Becker style meant that everyone made a dish of their choice. Hubs chose mashed potatoes (fitting, since he is a potato making expert) and I decided to make my first ever pumpkin pie and homemade whipped cream. And it turned out pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.

Hub’s beautiful pictures of our Thanksgiving table:

It felt so amazing, sitting around the dining room table with my new extended family, everyone saying what they were thankful for. All I had to do was look around the table, and that was it. I am so thankful for having wonderful in-laws, for having a relationship with two beautiful sister-in-laws (I’m tellin’ ya, I lucked out) and, most importantly, for having an amazing, handsome man I get to call my husband. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

Thanksgiving at the Becker’s also meant that we got to spend some time with the newest, cutest member of the Becker family.

Meet Maggie:

How adorable is she?! This puppy can be naughty, naughty, naughty, but how can you get mad at a face like that? And really, I came home with only one hole in my shirt from her sharp puppy teeth, so really, I would say we came out ahead.

Long Island was wonderful. And I enjoyed every minute of it. You gotta love time with family.

Stay tuned for part two of our Thanksgiving trip…where Brett and I headed into NYC, aka “our city of love.”

Happy Monday.

Back to the island…


Brett’s parents were down in FL visiting our their condo this past week so Brett and I headed up after work on Friday for a short visit. They left Saturday late afternoon, but Brett and I stayed to soak up the island goodness until early this evening. I know everyone up north would smack me for saying this, but it was a bit chilly on the beach this weekend. The clouds mixed with the cool ocean breeze made it a bit too cold for sunbathing on the sand, but we still enjoyed the sun and ocean views for a relaxing weekend.

This morning Brett and I headed to our favorite breakfast restaurant where I practically screamed with excitement upon seeing pumpkin pancakes on the specials menu. And I was not disappointed.

Pumpkin pancakes for me, strawberry waffle for hubs

The weekend was great. Full of laughter (not much coming from the comedy show we went to on Friday night with Brett’s parents. As much as listening to raunchy jokes with your in-laws is super awesome….) love, good food and my favorite sound of the waves breaking on the beach.

On the way home we broke our new tradition of driving through Sonic for a strawberry limeade because a pumpkin spice cappuccino at Cumberland Farms was calling my name.

And although we loved our time on the island, at the end of the weekend I as ready to pack up and make the drive home, trading the sounds of the breaking waves for the soft rain. Apparently we missed a LOT of rain this weekend since there seemed to be some serious flooding around town. But in the end, it’s always good to be home.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!