Cast Iron Cooking … A Few Thoughts

Need a cast iron for basically baking and breakfast? And sometimes dinner? And maybe no meats?

Buy the Lodge L8CF3 Covered Cast Iron Chicken Fryer, Black, 3 quart, from Amazon.com. It’s $35 INCLUDING the lid right now. It’s cheaper than the dutch oven and the skillet, and the shape is much more useful.

Season the pan with these instructions: http://sherylcanter.com/wordpress/2010/01/a-science-based-technique-for-seasoning-cast-iron/

http://www.jocooks.com/bakery/breads/crusty-bread/

http://papadutch.home.comcast.net/~papadutch/dutch-oven-recipe-cornbread.htm

http://www.webring.org/l/rd?ring=recipe;id=71;url=http%3A%2F%2Fpapadutch%2Ehome%2Ecomcast%2Enet%2F~papadutch%2Fdutch-oven-recipes%2Ehtm

The key to dutch oven cooking seems to be making sure the dutch oven has been heated for 30 min or so before using, then adding ingredients.

http://amandascookin.com/brownies-in-cast-iron-skillet/ (Lots of links to other cast iron sites from her blog)

http://noe847.blogspot.com/2010/04/twd-swedish-visiting-cake.html

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/mark-bittmans-autumn-millet-bake-recipe.html

https://robincooksveg.wordpress.com/2010/02/13/the-magic-pan-that-vegetarians-must-have/

http://www.amazon.com/Cast-Cooking-Vegetarians-Joanna-Pruess/dp/1629143243

http://www.reddit.com/r/EatCheapAndHealthy/comments/39njeq/vegetarian_cast_iron_skillet_recipes/

http://www.ahappycamper.com/products/dorecipes/breakfast/basic-dutch-oven-omelet.html

http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/side/other-side-dish/fannie-farmers-rich-corn-cake.html

http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-dutch-oven/

Pie Crust Scraps (Using Up Leftovers)

Have any leftover pie crust scraps?

Well, don’t throw them away.

Roll them out, like 1 mm thin. Cut out as many 2-3 inch diameter circles as you can (even number of circles, please).

Apple Pie (Baked Hand Pies)
Apple Pie (Baked Hand Pies)

Lay the circles on a baking sheet covered with a silpat.

Add a half a spoonful of your favorite jam, and a half a spoonful of cream cheese mixture (if you want).

(Here shown with apple pie filling)

Apple Pie (Baked Hand Pies)
Apple Pie (Baked Hand Pies)
Apple Pie (Baked Hand Pies)
Apple Pie (Baked Hand Pies)

Cream cheese mixture:

2 tbsp cream cheese, room temperature
1 tsp butter, softened
2 tbsp sugar

Mix well. Yum.

You can add strawberry jam and cream cheese for a strawberries and cream mixture, or whatever you happen to like.

Also good: blackberry jam and cream cheese, guava jam and cream cheese, pineapple jam and cream cheese, raspberry jam and cream cheese.

If you have leftover buttered apples, pop them into this pie, it’ll taste great.

If you have leftover sweet potato pie mix, or pumpkin pie mix, toss those right in, also great.

For chocophiles, nutella is always a winner.

Line up on silpat, bake 350 F for about 18-20 minutes.

Apple Pie (Baked Hand Pies)
Apple Pie (Baked Hand Pies)
Apple Pie (Baked Hand Pies)
Apple Pie (Baked Hand Pies)

Alternatively,

Just cut the pie crust scraps into little strips. Bake 350 F for like 10 minutes (time depends on the size of your strips, so keep an eye on them!).

Cover with honey and enjoy!

Or: cover with cinnamon sugar and enjoy!

Or: cover with chile lime spice (they sell it in mexican stores) and enjoy with a sour cream and honey dip. Enjoy!