Coffee Recipe

Coffee and Mom’s Apple Pie Recipe

Coffee is fantastic on its own, but having coffee with something else – like a dessert – is just heavenly. The taste of coffee goes well with many things – like cookies (which are great for dunking), coffee cakes, always with anything chocolate (that’s a classic taste combination) or every pie.

Everyone has their own special recipe for their favorite type of pie. Of course, there are all types of pies, such as lemon meringue, peach, cherry, pecan, pumpkin… I could go on forever. It seems that every type of fruit has been made into a pie at some time or other. But there is also my favorite – apple pie. And, no-one makes it better than my Mom. For those of you who have not been lucky enough to taste this sweet, cinnamon-y goodness, I am including the recipe here. This pie is not that difficult to master and once you have made it, you are sure to add it to your favorites list as well.

Make this pie and have a generous slice with your next cup of coffee, hopefully in a special coffee mug that is personalized to your own interests. Special mugs or cups that reflect your own life make enjoying your coffee and pie moment that much more satisfying. I hope you enjoy this pie as much as I do.

Mom’s Apple Pie

PASTRY

2 ½ cups flour

2 TBSP. white sugar

5 TBSP. COLD water (approximately)

2/3 cups shortening

1 tsp. salt

1 lb. bag of firm cooking apples (spy, granny smiths, etc.)

2 TBSP. + 2 TBSP. cinnamon

2 TBSP. + 3 TBSP. white sugar

2 TBSP. cornstarch

Egg Wash -made up of one beaten egg + small amount of water

Sugar to sprinkle on top

Preheat the oven to 450 F.

Measure all pastry ingredients, except water into food processor. Pulse a few times until mixture is the size of small peas. Through top, add just enough cold water until dough forms a ball. (Do not over-blend or pastry will be tough.) Cut dough in approximately thirds- two-thirds will be used for the bottom crust, and one-third for top. Roll out two-thirds of dough on lightly floured surface and line a pie plated with dough. Sprinkle 2 TBSP. cinnamon and 2 TBSP. sugar on bottom of crust. Peel apples and slice and place in pie crust. Sprinkle corn starch over apples, then 2 TBSP. cinnamon and 3 TBSP. white sugar. Roll out dough for top crust and spread over pie.

Crimp edges to seal. Brush egg wash over top crust and sprinkle with a little white sugar. Cut vent holes in top of crust with a sharp knife.

Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes.

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Turkish & Greek Coffee Recipes

A lot of people know how to make a basic cup of Turkish coffee, but these are some not so common Turkish and Greek coffee recipes: Greek Coffee Recipe with “Ouzo” This is a traditional coffee recipe of the Greek monks in the sacred “Agio Oros”. You will need: 2 teaspoonfuls of Greek coffee 2 teaspoons of sugar 1 teaspoon of “ouzo” (traditional Greek alcohol drink) 2*3oz cups water After you prepare your coffee add the Ouzo inside, and serve. With “Koniak” This is a traditional coffee recipe of Greek seamen. It’s the same as the previous recipe with the only difference that you use Koniak instead of Ouzo. With “Honey” This is an old Greek coffee recipe from Smirni. Prepare your Greek-Turkish coffee, and then add one teaspoon of honey. It’s delicious! With “Cardamom” This is sort of Arabic version for Turkish coffee recipe. Use a dark coffee blend ground for Turkish. Get some cardamon, and grind it or use a mortar. 2 seeds per cup is enough. Cardamon is used to spice up and give aroma to the coffee. You will need: 2 teaspoonfuls of coffee 1-2 teaspoons of sugar as much cardamon as you want 2*3oz cups water Prepare coffee as usual. You will get a delicious exotic coffee, which is very different from anything you’ve tasted before! With “Mastich” Same as the above recipe but instead of cardamom you must use mastich (only produced in Chios island, Greece) Turkish Coffee Recipe with “Fennel Seeds” Same as the above recipe but instead of cardamom you must use fennel seeds. So, go ahead and enjoy great coffee!
Karolos Tsiligirian is the author of the Fresh Coffee Encyclopedia [http://www.coffeeebooks.com] and the owner of FreshCoffeeShop.com