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Easy and Elegant Custard Pear Pie

We have two fruitful pear trees.
We have lots of pears this time of year.

I’m always looking for quick and easy recipes to put all these pears to good use. this is one of my favorites. I wont go on and on about the recipe, because if you are like me and looking for quick and easy recipes, you are reading – you;re scrolling. All I will say about this recipe before I get on with it is: the batter is made in the blender! THE BLENDER! So fast. So easy. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium-sized firm pears, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cups unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cinnamon sugar for topping
  • butter or cooking spray to coat pie plate

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees and coat pie plate with butter or cooking spray
  2. Place pear slices in pie plate
  3. Put melted & cooled butter, eggs, milk, salt, sugar, flour and vanilla in the blender, blend until smooth
  4. Gently pour batter from the blender over the pears. Bake for 50 minutes until the custard is firm, golden. Let cool the dust with cinnamon sugar.

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Review: Stash Maple Apple Cider Herbal Tea

Stash Tea was kind enough to send us samples of their new holiday teas for us to review.* Thank you!

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.25 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: Left teabag in the cup
Served: Nothing added at first, then a little honey

Stash has a new line of herbal/caffeine free teas for fall. Now that its October all I want to drink are warm comforting teas. Maple Apple Cider herbal tea hits the mark there. The name is a bit confusing because although you get the sense of apple cider, this tea isn’t apple cider. For me, it seems more like apple herbal tea. That being said, I like it. Because I left the teabag in my cup to get the most flavor from the tea, the fruit notes became a little bitter. However, adding a little honey balanced the apple flavor and helped to bring out more of the sweetness and spices.

Because it is caffeine-free this can be anytime tea. I love having an option for chilly nights here in Maine. I think this tea would work well for most people. Roobios has a very distinct flavor that not everyone loves, but in this tea it is more complimentary with the other flavors and doesn’t stand out too much.

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves — this tea is easy to make!

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: Left teabag in the cup
Served: Nothing added

Maple flavored tea is a popular item in parts of Canada and New England. In sugar shack gift shops it can often be found as a souvenir. The mention of this tea makes me think or growing up in New Hampshire and eating breakfasts at Parker’s Maple Barn in Mason, NH. Pancakes, french toast & waffles…oh my! 🙂

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Maple tea comes in caffeinated and herbal. Stash’s version has an added twist with apple flavor and hints is cider spice. The strongest flavor in this tea is apple, followed by maple, with a spice finish. The apple and maple flavors work well with the rooibos tea base making this a tasty tea. It is perfect for fall; especially after a visit to a maple sugar house or a trip apple picking. If you want to taste fall in New England just have a sip!

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves — this tea is easy to make!

*Please note that we are just as critical of free teas as the ones we purchase. If we get a sample we don’t like we won’t include it on our blog.

Pumpkin Chai Latte Recipe

Its seems that we are bombarded daily (hourly?) with advertisements for all these new, fancy autumn drinks (both hot and cold) from Starbucks and Dunkin’ and those such places. And of course the fancier and more seasonal (“Hurry in – available for a limited time only!”) they are, the more expensive they are.  Though, I admit, the advertising has been working on me! Then I thought “Hey, I can make that at home”! Looked around for a pumpkin chai latte recipe that worked for me and couldn’t find one, so I made my own.  Here is:

Pumpkin Chai Latte

Ingredients:

4 Cups – Milk (I used Skim, but any kind will work)
3 TBS – Canned pumpkin
2 TBS – Sugar
2 tsp – Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 tsp – Vanilla

And your favorite loose or bagged Chai tea!

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Directions:

1. In a small sauce pan heat milk and whisk in next four ingredients (through vanilla) until very hot, but not boiling.
2. Then transfer to tea-pot and add tea in tea ball or some such.  Steep for five minutes, or to taste. (if using a small enough pot, you can steep the tea right in the pot – as long as the tea is completely submerged in milk mixture)

Makes about 2 1/2 to 3 cups.

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This is a great way to have a delicious fall treat at home! Doesn’t that look pretty? If you want to sweeten it up a bit more, just a some whipped cream for a decadent sweet treat!

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