Monday, November 23, 2009

A Little Slice of Heaven

Thanksgiving dinner just wouldn’t be the same without the traditional slice of pumpkin pie at the end -- and there’s no better breakfast than leftover pie the next morning. But maybe you’d like to spice things up a bit this year, with an exciting new dessert recipe to share with family and friends. The NCC Libraries can help!

Just take a walk down the TX call number aisle of the Stacks, and you’ll find a variety of cookbooks containing recipes for all occasions (and skill levels). The best cookbooks for beginners are those featuring detailed illustrations, so it’s easy to see how your project should look.

Don’t let the idea of making pie crust intimidate you -- the secret is using the proper equipment. Just lay a piece of waxed paper on the counter and dust with flour. Use your rolling pin (or even a clean glass bottle) to flatten out the pastry, starting from the center and pushing out toward the edges, rotating the waxed paper as you go, like spokes on a wheel. When the crust is big enough to cover the inside of the pie plate, slide your hand under the waxed paper and carefully flip the dough into the pan. Gradually peel the waxed paper away from the crust, and trim the edges.

For more cooking tips and delicious recipes, try one of these titles:

The Art and Soul of Baking
by Cindy Mushet
TX 765 .M87 2008 New Books

Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book

TX 714 .N468 2005 Stacks

Bubby's Homemade Pies
by Ron Silver
TX 773 .S497 2007 Stacks

Good Housekeeping Great Baking: 600 Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Breads, Pies & Pastries
by Susan Westmoreland
TX 763 .G66 1999 Stacks

Joy of Cooking, 75th anniversary edition
by Marion Rombauer Becker
TX 715 .R75 2006 Stacks

Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook
by Martha Stewart
TX 763 .S74 2005 Stacks

The New York Times Dessert Cookbook
by Florence Fabricant
TX 773 .N46 2006 Stacks

Pure Chocolate: Divine Desserts and Sweets
by Fran Bigelow
TX 767 .C5 B49 2004 Stacks

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