no bake pie

no bake

 

It’s been heating up fast this Summer and if you’re like me you aren’t willing to give up your baked goods but don’t want to deal with the additional heat of the oven.  So, I gave a the No Bake French Silk Pie recipe posted on A Cup of Jo last month.  It was easy to throw together, I think it took me less than an hour from start to finish.  The only time consuming thing was beating in the eggs but I just multitasked and did all my dishes.  It turned out great and the only thing I might change when I make it next time is a little less honey or maybe agave instead, otherwise it I’d keep the recipe the same.  I’d serve it with a more bitter drink, like espresso to cut down on the sweetness.

*Forgot to mention.  I did not make the whipped topping because I didn’t think it would keep and would get runny with the heat.

 

Recipe: No-Bake French Silk Pie
By Tieghan Gerard of Half-Baked Harvest 

For the Pretzel Crust

1 ¾ cups crushed pretzels
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup honey

For the Pie Filling
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened to room temperature.
1 cup granulated sugar (add ¼ cup more if you prefer sweeter)
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
4 whole eggs

How you make it:

Grease an 8 or 9-inch pie plate or spring form pan. 

In a medium bowl, mix the melted butter and honey together until smooth. Add the crushed pretzels and mix until combined. Press mixture firmly against the bottom and sides of your pie plate. Place in the fridge.

In a small microwave safe bowl melt 6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate on 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until melted and smooth (about 1-2 minutes).

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the melted chocolate and the vanilla extract. Whisk the mixture thoroughly until combined.

Turn your mixer to medium speed and over a period of 15 to 20 minutes add in the four eggs, one at a time, leaving about 5 minutes between each egg addition. Once the pie filling is well mixed, pour it into the pretzel crust. Smooth out the pie filling and place the pie in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours or overnight.

Add a cup or two of whipped cream and garnish with a few chocolate curls if desired.

yoga, knitting, baking

business cards

 

 

If you don’t already know I am a yoga instructor, a knitwear designer and baker. I am so lucky because I not only have three passions in life and I get pursue them all. However, when you let people know you give knitting lessons or to check out your blog for a recipe, they tend to want a business card. So I finally got 200 business cards made from Moo and  can’t wait to hand them out to everyone I meet!  Now, that isn’t the biggest thing I need to share with you, I’m just super excited about getting business cards.

 

 

energy bites

 

I want to share the treat I made in less than 10 minutes or the time between checking my email and heading off to my kid’s yoga lesson. They are No-Bake Energy Bites and I found the recipe last week on Pintrest. I figured that since I would be bopping around town all week I should make something to help keep me going besides chomping down on almonds and dried cranberries.

 

1 cup (dry) oatmeal

1/2 cup chocolate chips, I used dark chocolate

1/2 cup peanut butter, I used natural peanut butter

1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Mix together, roll in to balls and lay on wax paper.  Wait for the bites to set or glue together before putting them in a container or sandwich bag.

 

knit

 

Also, I know I haven’t posted on using my Ultimate Sweater Machine lately because I had a bit of a fight with it the other day. Meaning I was an expert at using the machine right away and had to take a step back. Yesterday, I worked for 4 hours on the machine and I’m happy to say we are friends again and by the end of next week I should be able to make more than just a square.