Pumpkin Pie in March……

There isn’t a better feeling for a mother to hear her son say “Mama, instead of buying something can we bake something”?

This question was posed to me this week by my 15yr old teenage son. Tomorrow Friday is my son’s Marksmanship Coach’s birthday and his team wanted to make something special for him.

He embarked on the mission to find out what his favourite sweet treat was and came back with an answer I didn’t expect for this time of year. “Ma, his favorite is Pumpkin Pie but you need to remember he is diabetic so you can’t put too much sugar, ok!”

I checked out a few recipes and settled on this one that used a lovely flaky crust made with sour cream and went by the name of Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie. The recipe calls for some sugar for desserts, but I left the sugar out to be a bit more diabetic oriented!

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 sticks of cubed unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream)

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I made my son do all the work and just made sure to oversee the process just in case….. 🙂

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Once he had the dough made we rolled it out and put it in the fridge to chill for a bit.

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The he started working on the filling, which once again, we skimped on the sugar and upped the spices in order to make it diabetic friendly ❤

  • 2 whole eggs plus 1 yolk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 2 cups of  canned pumpkin purée (no time to make the real thing)
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream

It was really nice watching my son’s face and he got a whiff of all the spices. He doesn’t like pumpkin but did agree than once all the spices are in, it makes pumpkin totally likeable!

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We took the dough out, placed it in our pie dish and filled it with the lovely pie filling.

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Into the oven it went and whilst it was baking away, we spelt out 1st Sergeant with the left over dough and baked that too to use as the pie topping 🙂 And yes we forgot about the “st” next for 1st so we had to bake another set of letters! lol

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Now I have one proud teenage boy, who together with his entire team will present their coach 1st Sergeant Rodriguez from South Plantation High School,  his favorite dessert on his birthday, with his diabetes in mind!

Now this is what I call “Baking with love” ❤

 

Thanksgiving @Andy’s Kandy

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Wishing all of my faithful customers and followers a very Happy Thanksgiving 2015 ❤

 

 

A Taste of Home……

I come from a small country called Uruguay. Mostly people know about it because of our superb soccer players, sometime for our beaches, beef, leather and wool and if you’ve been there you will never forget our special BBQ’s!

One thing we are not really known for is our desserts but let me tell you this, for a small little country our bakery’s do know how to shine.

32 years ago, a Cake Shop by the name of “Cakes” opened it’s doors and started making the most delicious cakes.

As a tradition, every time I got back home, its a MUST to get at least a piece of cake from this fabulous shop. I am hooked on one called “Ramon Novarro”.

So, seeing that I don’t make it down there too often, a friend of mine inspired me to make this cake so that I can feel like I am kind of there …..and of course it comes in handy for February birthdays ❤

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This famous delectable cake is made out of 6 layers of light and buttery sponge cake filled with alternate layers of a chocolate/Dulce de Leche mix and Dulce de Leche.

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Topped with the chocolate/dulce de leche mix and then decorated with some whipped cream with a slight touch of cocoa. The original recipe is decorated with some walnuts but I like leaving them out of the equation 🙂

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So here is my rendition to our sweet treat “Ramon Novarro”

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