Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie - Candy Coated Culiinista

Chicken Pot Pie – Candy Coated Culiinista

On a biscuit kick and craving comfort food I ventured into a biscuit chicken pot pie.

Yield/Serving: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: about 55 minutes overall
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
• 6 chicken thighs
• Salt, to taste
• Black pepper, to taste
• Oregano, to taste
• Basil, to taste
• 6 tbsp margarine
• 4 carrots, peeled and diced
• 4 celery ribs, diced
• 1 ear of corn, kernels
• 1 medium sized onion, diced
• 227 g of white button mushrooms, quartered
• 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
• 4 tbsp chicken stock
• 1/3 cup frozen peas

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Season chicken thighs with salt, pepper, oregano and basil and bake for 25 minutes.
3. In a large frying pan over medium heat add the margarine along with the carrots, celery, corn onion and mushrooms and sauté.
4. Stir frequently and add all-purpose flour and chicken stock and continue to stir until thick for 10 minutes.
5. Once chicken is baked, remove from the oven and allow to rest before shredding or cutting into pieces.
6. Pour chicken and frozen peas into the vegetable mixture and mix well.
7. Transfer the chicken vegetable mixture into a casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes. In the last 5 minutes of the baking process and the biscuits and then serve immediately.

Tips
• Make biscuits the day before if desired or bake the biscuits prior to starting the chicken pot pie recipe.

Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits

Yield/Serving: 8 biscuits
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 15 – 20 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 tbsp baking powder
• ½ tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp sea salt
• 1 tsp parsley
• 1 tsp oregano
• 6 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cubed
• ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
• ½ cup mozzarella, shredded
• 2 jalapeno thinly sliced and seeded
• ¾ cup 2% milk

Assembly
8. Preheat oven to 400°F.
9. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
10. Using a large sized bowl mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt together with a whisk.
11. Using your hands add butter and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
12. Add cheese and jalapenos.
13. Slowly add milk incorporating until dough is formed.
14. Cut dough and form into a circle and place on parchment paper.
15. Bake for 15-20 min or until golden brown or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.

Tips
• Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray to have muffin shaped biscuits.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This is one of the heartier dishes I have made and is perfect for the Autumn & Winter season as its comfort food at its best. I had many great reviews for this recipe and the biscuits were mentioned for weeks after this dish had been consumed. I was pleasantly surprised at how this turned out and there were even some leftovers. The flaky buttery biscuit on top of a rich rustic meal was just superb.

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Crustless Blueberry Pie

Crustless Blueberry Pie - Candy Coated Culinista

Crustless Blueberry Pie – Candy Coated Culinista

Still being the fraidy cat that I am of a proper pie crust I have exclusively stayed away from it for a couple years now. A doughy crust does not please me in any way and those recipes I have tried have never made it out the door for public consumption; friends and family are all good but to those just outside those parameters – no way. Thanksgiving dinner was upon me and I planned to make two recipes. Pie is a Thanksgiving classic; but what is the Candy Coated Culinista to do when she is still so frightened of the pie pastry dough… I’m making a crustless pie. Perfecto.

Yield/Serving: 12
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 55 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy
Ingredients
• ½ cup butter, at room temperature
• ½ cup granulated sugar
• 2 eggs
• ½ tsp sea salt
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
• ½ tsp baking powder
• 541 ml blueberry pie filling

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray an 8” x 8” pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
3. Using your stand mixer on low speed, cream butter and sugar together for about 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Add eggs, salt and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
5. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until just combined.
6. Press half of the dough into the bottom of the pan and reserve half the dough for the topping.
7. Pour pie filling over the dough base.
8. Drop small pieces of the reserved dough over top of the blueberry filling.
9. Bake for 55 minutes or until golden brown.
10. Let cool.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
A lovely recipe that wasn’t too sweet from my dessert lovers. I’m starting to perfect the correct amount of sugar even though I have sugar in my diet normally. I will however enjoy it in my baked goods when I must and this wasn’t overly sweet in any way. Score.

Food Diaries: Pie Squared

Food Diaries: Pie Squared - Candy Coated Culinista

Food Diaries: Pie Squared – Candy Coated Culinista

Location: 366 Bloor Street East Phone Number: 647-350-2743

The science of the perfect pie. This Eatery offers those Hand held pies you’re accustomed to from the U.K. and Australia with a cute element stamp on each pie. I have passed by this shop a few times now and I finally decided to go in. The shop is small but; bright and welcoming. As I perused the menu the very friendly associate explained the whole Pie Squared concept to me. Hand held pies, pie desserts, tarts and even salads and soups are also offered; but let’s face it I’m here for the pies. I visited around Christmas and there was a seasonal Pie and dessert on the menu and of course I couldn’t resist as I love everything Christmas related. I choose the Pie Squared Combo which included a pie, sweet and a drink. I choose the Turkey Dinner Pie which was mashed potatoes, cranberry, turkey and gravy. The potatoes were creamy with the perfect amount of turkey chunks and a dollop of cranberry. For dessert I choose an egg nog butter tart; which was sweet and oozed filing. Now I’m not a fan of things that ooze much like jelly filled doughnuts; but this smelt just like egg nog and tasted delicious. I just couldn’t finish it because it was too sweet for me; but overall a great place for a quick bite to eat.

Pie Squared - Candy Coated Culinista

Pie Squared – Candy Coated Culinista

Pie Squared - Candy Coated Culinista

Pie Squared – Candy Coated Culinista

Pie Squared - Candy Coated Culinista

Pie Squared – Candy Coated Culinista

Christmas Cherry Pie Bars

Christmas Cherry Pie Bars - Candy Coated Culinista

Christmas Cherry Pie Bars – Candy Coated Culinista

This Christmas I wanted to go the unconventional route and make a different Christmas dessert for once. I wanted to make a pie but not in a typical pie form and of course not using pumpkin or sweet potatoes as the main ingredients. Here are my Christmas cherry pie bars.

Yield/Serving: 12
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 55 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• ½ cup butter, at room temperature
• ¾ cup granulated sugar
• 2 eggs
• ½ tsp sea salt
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
• ½ tsp baking powder
• 541 ml cherry pie filling

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray an 8” x 8” pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
3. Using your stand mixer on low speed, cream butter and sugar together for about 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Add eggs, salt and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
5. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until just combined.
6. Press half of the dough into the bottom of the pan and reserve half the dough for the topping.
7. Pour pie filling over the dough base.
8. Drop small pieces of the reserved dough over top of the cherry filling.
9. Bake for 55 minutes or until golden brown.
10. Let cool.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I was a bit skeptical if the small pieces of dough would bake come together and not slide off the cherry pie filling; but it came together quite nicely. Its ooey and gooey and looks like cherry pie. I am posting this before I head out to Christmas dinner; so I have not received any reviews yet.

Peanut Butter Cream Pie

Peanut Butter Cream Pie - Candy Coated Culinista

Peanut Butter Cream Pie – Candy Coated Culinista

For Christmas dinner at the in-laws I departed from my usual desserts. Typically I make Christmas desserts, with candy canes, peppermint, pumpkin, chocolate, molasses or cranberries (those common Christmas flavours), but this year the in-law Christmas was on December 27th and I was tired and not feeling making an elaborate dessert. I decided to make only one dessert and hoped it would turn out and taste good. This quick and easy almost no bake dessert (only the pie crusts) is a light, fluffy and complimented a filling Christmas dinner.

Slightly altered From Joy the Baker – Homemade Decadence

Yield/Serving: 1- 9” pie & 2- mini pies
Prep Time: 30 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
• ¾ cups chocolate cookie crumbs
• ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
• 1½ cups heavy cream
• 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
• ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1 cup smooth all-natural peanut butter
• Caramel drizzle
• Bittersweet chocolate drizzle
• Chopped peanuts
• 1½ cups heavy cream
• 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Assembly
Pie
1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Have a 9” pie plate and two mini pie plates at the ready.
2. In a small bowl melt the butter in the microwave.
3. Using a large bowl pour in half of the melted butter in and mix the graham cracker crumbs until moist.
4. Press crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of pie plate.
5. Using a medium bowl pour in half of the melted butter in and mix the chocolate cookie crumbs until moist.
6. Press crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of two pie plates.
7. Bake the pie crusts in center of the oven, covered with aluminum foil, for 10 min and let cool.
8. Using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the cream until it holds soft peaks, 4 to 5 minutes and then transfer to a medium bowl.
9. In the same bowl of the electric mixer (you don’t have to rinse it out) using the whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
10. Add the brown sugar, salt, and vanilla extract and beat well.
11. Add in the peanut butter until smooth.
12. Gently fold in a quarter of the whipped cream and then continue to gently fold in another quarter of the whipped cream. Add in the remaining whipped cream until the mixture is well incorporated but still fluffy.
13. Using a spatula spread the filling into the prepared crusts.
14. Refrigerate pie for at least 4 hours.
15. Once pie has chilled, melt caramel and bittersweet chocolate and drizzle over the pie using a fork and sprinkle peanuts over top.
Whipped Topping
16. Just before serving, using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the cream and vanilla extract until it holds soft peaks, 4 to 5 minutes and top pies and serve.

Tips
• The pie will last, well wrapped in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
It was enjoyed by all and I was a fan of the light and creaminess of the pie. This was my first time ever having a cream pie, so I don’t have a comparison but I know I enjoyed this.

Food Diaries: The Pie Commission

Food Diaries: The Pie Commission - Candy Coated Culinista

Food Diaries: The Pie Commission – Candy Coated Culinista

“Gourmet-style handheld savoury pies born and baked in Toronto.”

Place: The Pie Commission
Location: 935 The Queensway (Entrance at rear – located off Queen Elizabeth Blvd), Toronto, Ontario, M8Z 1P3
Phone: 416-848-7427
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11am – 7pm, Friday 11am – 8pm, Saturday: 11am – 6pm

5” individual round pies are made from scratch in-house, using natural ingredients – premium cuts of Canadian meat, the freshest produce and homemade beef, chicken and vegetable stock all placed in an all butter crust. Pies can also be purchased hot (to eat now) or frozen (to eat later) at a later time.

When I drove up to the Pie Commission, I was expecting a smaller store footprint as the directions were at the rear, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was also very bust and the 7 or so parking spaces were full and customers were parking across the street in a factory’s side lot. (This is a good sign to me)

Before entering I read the menus outside. The standard menu includes: Braised Beef Rib Pie, Beef ‘n Beer Pie, Butter Chicken Pie, Chicken Cheddar Bacon Mash Pie and Veg-ilicious Pie (Vegetarian). Also visited there was a seasonal menu that consisted of: Hog Squash, Lobster + Shrimp, Caplansky “Reuben” Pie and Marky + Sparky’s Pulled Pork and Jerk Chicken. I believe the Caplansky’s is named after Caplansky’s Delicatessen & Marky + Sparky’s Smokehouse. I’m not sure if they use their meat or the pies are just inspired by them, but I loved the Toronto reference and keeping it local. It gives me the feeling there is a sense of community within the food industry.

I selected the Chicken Cheddar Bacon Mash Pie – Chicken along with cheesy bacon mashed potato in the pie and for Mr. C. I got him the Pulled Pork BBQ from their seasonal menu. We split everything so we could get a good sampling of their offerings. I also served the pies with a side of organic baby romaine, grape tomatoes and green onion with lemon poppy-seed dressing to give us a balanced meal.

The crust for these pies were to die for, they were buttery and so flaky. I found that I couldn’t taste the bacon in the Chicken Cheddar Bacon Mash, but that didn’t make me dislike the pie in any way. It was so so good and the cheese added creaminess to the mashed potatoes. The Marky + Sparky’s Pulled Pork was saucier that I expected and I welcomed that, as I love anything with a sauce. I found this pie was much denser as it was packed with a lot of pulled pork.

For dessert we split a Lemon, Lime Orange Chess Pie. It tasted like pie I have made before, but it was still delicious. A chess pie is a simple pie with a crust and filling made from, eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla and was originally an English pie said the cashier.

Sides on the menu included fresh hand cut fries, gravy, chipotle lime mayo, mixed green salad, coleslaw along with the soup of the day, and desserts like pies, fresh fruit crumbles and cookies and a selection of canned or bottle drinks.

The 3 items came to $25.36 – not the cheapest considering the size of the pie, but quality ingredients go into the pies and it was so filling I couldn’t eat my slice of pie and had to wait until the next day. I would definitely visit them again.

Food Diaries: The Pie Commission - Candy Coated Culinista

Food Diaries: The Pie Commission – Candy Coated Culinista

Spiderweb Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Spiderweb Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie - Candy Coated Culinista

This Halloween themed dessert is filled with all the good seasonal ingredients to make it the perfect autumn treat. Also chocolate and cheese never hurts either right?

Yield/Serving: 8
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 1hr.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
For Crust
• 2 cups chocolate cookies, crumbled
• ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
For Pumpkin Filling
• 3 eggs
• 1- 15oz. can of packed pumpkin puree
• ½ cup (1 can) condensed milk
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1/8 tsp ground cloves
• 1/8 tsp ground ginger
• 1/8 ground nutmeg
• ¼ tsp sea salt
For Cheesecake Filling
• 8oz. cream cheese
• ½ cup white sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 egg

Assembly
For Crust
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Using a food processor, crumble chocolate cookie crumbs.
3. In a small prep bowl melt the butter using a microwave.
4. Add the butter into the cookie crumbs and combine until evenly coated.
5. Press crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of 9” pie plate.
For Pumpkin Filling
6. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and add pumpkin puree, condensed milk, spices and combine until smooth.
For Cheesecake Filling
7. Using an electric mixer, with the paddle attachment beat cream cheese until softened, add the sugar and incorporate the vanilla extract and egg.
Assembly
8. Pour the pumpkin filling into the cookie crust.
9. Pour the cream cheese filling into a piping bag.
Make the Spider Web Design:
10. Pipe concentric circles of cream cheese around the pie.
11. Using a clean knife drag the blade of the knife 8 to 10 lines from the outside of the pie to the centre. (ensure you clean off the knife after each line is made)
12. Bake at 300°F for 60 minutes.
13. Let cool and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This tasted amazing from my reviews, but for me I was left disappointed. Towards the outside of the pie it had set, but the interior was still unset even though I gave it a day to set. I thought I was giving the pie enough time and the crust was stuck pretty well to the pie plate also. When I got home I put the leftovers in the freezer and it firmed up much better, so if I had a blast chiller this would have turned out great. I was really hoping for a prettier spider web then what I made, but for my first try at decorating a pie I can’t be too hard on myself, even though I like to be. I think overall the mixture was just a tad too runny and possible a smaller pie tray would help with the soft middle and maybe one less egg and more cream cheese.

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie - Candy Coated Culinista

Key Lime Pie – Candy Coated Culinista

It was United Way Cultural day at Mr. C’s office last Friday and I was asked to make some goodies. Correction I was told I am making my 2 dozen chocolate diablo cookies (I guess people like it) and I was allowed to choose my second dish. How considerate right? I decided to make a key lime pie with a toasted meringue top. I wanted to make the meringue as I loved how it came out in my sky-high pumpkin pie. I’m not a stranger to making key lime treats as I made key lime bars before, so I was hoping this would come off without a hitch and it did.

Yield/Serving: 8
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 30 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 3 egg yolks, beaten
• 1 can (300 ml) Sweetened Condensed Milk
• 3 limes, juiced or ½ cup lime juice
• 6 drops of green food colouring (optional)
• 1 readymade graham cracker crust
• 3 eggs whites
• 1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar
• Lime zest

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 325°F
2. Whisk eggs and sweetened condensed milk together for 1 minute in an electric mixer.
3. Add in lime fresh juice and 6 drops of food colouring.
4. Pour into readymade pie crust.
5. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
6. Let cool for completely.
7. Once cooled chill in fridge foe 2 hours minimum.
8. In the electric mixer pour in egg whites and slowly add the confectioner’s sugar.
9. Pour on top and torch with kitchen torch or broil in oven.

Tips
• Use fresh limes preferably.

Please Enjoy

Reviews
Mr. C’s co-workers enjoyed the pie and it went fast.

One of my best reviews came from my friend. She told me “That was amazing! I have never had Key Lime pie before and I definitely want more.” Her sister quickly said “She loved it C.C., she told about this amazing pie three times and raved about it again and again; telling me about this pie like I hadn’t heard this story already. If she got that for Christmas she’d be happy. ” Nothing gets better than that. I felt great hearing this.

My thoughts
If you ever have to make a dessert on short notice, I suggest making this key-lime pie.

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie - Candy Coated Culinista

Pumpkin Pie – Candy Coated Culinista

Last year I had 4 Thanksgiving dinners to attend; this is in no way the normal for me it just happened that way and all I knew was it was going to be a busy long weekend. I prepared a full diner for myself and my dad, me and Mr. C, and then desserts for dinner at the in-laws and at my God-Daughters. My youngest God-daughter was Christened on the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving so the reception was Thanksgiving themed of course. I decided to make apple pie and pumpkin pie for the last two dinners. As I will not have too much time and I need some simple but tasty dessert options, these two fit the bill. This was my first attempt at making pumpkin pie, but not pies in general so I used my pie baking knowledge and made me some pies.

Yield/Serving: Makes 3 pies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 cup sugar
• ½ tsp salt
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• ½ tsp nutmeg
• ½ tsp mixed spice
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• 1 can (15 ounces) Pumpkin Pie Filling
• 1 cup of half & half
• 3 unbaked pastry shells (9 inches)
• Whipped cream or ice cream, optional

Assembly/Method
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. In a small bowl combine the sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed spice.
3. In a large bowl lightly beat the two eggs and then add the pumpkin and the sugar mixture.
4. Slowly stir in milk until well incorporated.
5. Pour into pastry shells.
6. Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes and reduce heat to 350°F for 50 minutes longer, or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
7. Cool on a wire rack.
8. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if desired.
9. Refrigerate leftovers.

Tips
• You can use milk instead of half and half.

Please Enjoy

Reviews
Mr. C said “The pumpkin pie was delish! The crust was nice and crunchy at the edge without being burnt and the pumpkin filling was soft, moist and tasted wonderful. I couldn’t stop at just one slice!”

My thoughts
Using the one can of pumpkin filling gave me 3 pies. My intentions were to only make two, but I had enough filling for more. This made Mr. C. quite happy as we had what I have coined a “House Pie”.

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