Katiepies

and other scrumptious sweets

Welcome 2014! December 31, 2013

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We would like to say thank you to our friends, family and customers that have supported us in 2013.

“As you grow older, you’ll find the the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.”  -Zachary Scott

We hope that 2014 brings you and your loved ones health, happiness and opportunities to do the things that are important to you.

Happy New Year!

Katiepies

 

Merry Christmas! December 24, 2013

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imageOnce the intoxicating smells of chocolate and Kahlua (from my famous Kahlua cake) fill our house, everyone knows that the season is in full swing. Everybody has something that brings all of the memories and feelings of the season into reality.  So whether it’s a special treat, or just the wonderful fragrant smells coming from your kitchen, enjoy every minute. Cherish the laughs and the memories-time is the most precious gift of all.
Merry Christmas!
Katiepies

 

A Twist on a Classic-Pumpkin Cheesecake November 14, 2013

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imageThis is a twist on a great classic and just in time for the holidays.  Rich, creamy and just the right amount of pumpkin with a gingersnap crust!  This is a new addition to our menu. Enjoy! Katiepies

 

Back to doing what I love…. September 30, 2013

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Enjoy the last of the summer fruit.

Enjoy the last of the summer fruit.

And so I’m back.  Culinary school was not for me-CIA is an exceptional school with amazing instructors and support, but the academic part of the food industry took the passion and joy right out of me.  So I made the difficult decision to regroup and refocus on what I want.  I want to continue testing, tasting and creating yummy sweet treats. It makes me happy when people love the desserts we make!

So here’s a quick dessert idea to enjoy the last of the summer fruit.    Take any fruit you love, mix it with a little sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon if needed and place the mixture into small ramekins.  Top with a crumble mixture you would use on an apple pie (oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter).  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 -40 mins.  Top with ice cream or whipped cream and enjoy.  It’s an easy, quick and great little dessert! :)

Happy Baking,

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The beginning of a new adventure August 26, 2013

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CIA Greytsone has its own garden where we grow the produce we use in the kitchen.

CIA Greytsone has its own garden where we grow the produce we use in the kitchen.

Week one at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, was full of orientations, books, uniforms and of course food. Besides feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and nervous,  it was exciting to start this new chapter. It is hard to ignore the beauty of this school and its location. Enjoy a few pictures from my first week.  More updates from the culinary student perspective as time permits-look at those books!

Happy Baking,

Katiepies

We won't just be baking-lots of homework in the future!

We won’t just be baking-lots of homework in the future!

A field trip to the local Farmers Market was a treat-look at those beautiful veggies.

A field trip to the local Farmers Market was a treat-look at those beautiful veggies.

Of course the food is amazing-new taste sensations at every meal.

Of course the food is amazing-new taste sensations at every meal.

 

Pineapple Sunshine Muffins August 17, 2013

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photo(8)Every once in a while, it’s fun to go back through old cookbooks because you never know what forgotten treasure you might find.  That’s what happened with these Pineapple Sunshine Muffins.  This original recipe was hiding in an old cookbook.  It was originally given to us by an old family friend and neighbor-Mina.  She has left us, but her precise instructions and handwritten notes at the bottom of the recipe bring back fond memories of recipe exchanges and friendship.  Even though this was  many years ago (hence the type written recipe) she was always concerned with making delicious recipes more healthy. A woman ahead of her time. :)

These muffins are light and very flavorful and good for you too.  Mina would want us to share the recipe, so happy baking!      IMG_3822

Katiepies

Pineapple Sunshine Muffins

 

1 8oz can crushed pineapple

¾ cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup whole wheat flour

¾ cup toasted wheat germ

½ cup sugar

½ cup flaked coconut

½ cup chopped nuts

1 ½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 cup plain yogurt

2 eggs

¼ cup oil

Turn pineapple into wire strainer and drain.  Combine all purpose flour and whole wheat flour, wheat germ, sugar, coconut, nuts, soda and salt.  In a separate bowl combine drained pineapple, yogurt, eggs, and oil-mixing well.  Add to try mixture.  Stir gently, just until all of the dry mixture is moistened.  Spoon into greased muffin pans, filling ¾ full.  Bake at 400 degrees, 18 to 20 minutes.

Serve warm with butter.  Makes 15 to 18 muffins.

 

Chocolate, Nutella and Strawberries August 1, 2013

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Chocolate Nutella Strawberry Cream Cake

Chocolate Nutella Strawberry Cream Cake

They say a picture paints a thousand words-in this case we agree! We think this cake looks good enough to eat right off the screen.

Summertime desserts are usually lighter and include  some type of ripe, juicy fruit  in season.  This cake is simple in ingredients and in assembly as well. We guarantee it will be a big hit at your next party or barbecue.

Here’s what you need:

Chocolate cake-either from a box or your favorite homemade recipe

Nutella

1 pint Whipping Cream (whipped to perfection-add a tsp of vanilla and a couple of tablespoons powdered sugar to sweeten the whipping cream)

2 pints ripe strawberries (washed, sliced, with a squeeze or two of lemon or lime juice over them-add a sprinkle of sugar if needed to make them juicy)

Use two 9 inch cake pans to bake the cake, if you have them, this gives you a slightly thinner cake layer.  After you bake and cool your cake layers, simply place one layer on a cake stand, spread the top with a generous amount (1/3 cup) of Nutella, then spread one half of the  whipped cream over the Nutella, add half the strawberries, top with the other cake layer and repeat the process.

This cake is made to be consumed the same day-so wow your friends and family at your next event!

Happy Baking,

Katiepies

 

 
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