New England Spyder Cake

aka Custard Corn Cake

From NY Times


2 cups milk
4 teaspoons white vinegar
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup yellow cornmeal
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place DRY cast iron dutch oven into pan while preheating.
  2. Combine milk and vinegar in a bowl and set aside to sour, about 20 minutes. Milk should be room temperature. If it isn’t, heat it in the microwave. Whole milk works best.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  4. Whisk eggs into the soured milk. Stir into dry ingredients and set batter aside.
  5. Melt butter in the cast iron pan.
  6. Pour in the batter.
  7. Pour cream over the batter, into the center.
  8. Bake 45 min at 350 F.
  9. Slice into wedges and serve warm.
  10. Great for dessert or breakfast.


NOTE: The cornbread tastes great. The custard part did not work for me. I purchased whipping cream TODAY from a local grocer and it was already sour. So it ruined my cake 😦 My advice to you: taste your ingredients before putting them into your baking.



Blackberry Pie

2 pie crusts (one for bottom, one for lattice top)


2 c flour
1 stick + 3 tbsp cold diced butter (or grated butter)
1/2 c cold water


1. Put flour in kitchenaid mixer. Mix on medium.

2. Add diced butter, one piece at a time. Mix on high.

3. Add water, very slowly. At a trickle. You might not have to use all the water. Just add water until the dough forms a loose ball and circles around the kitchenaid.

4. Wrap dough in clingwrap. Fridge at least 1 hour before using. I’d fridge it overnight.

5. I divided the dough into two 300 g balls and wrapped and fridged each separately.


(about 2 c) Blackberries (2 big cartons)
1 c sugar
3 tbsp corn starch
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest (optional)


  1. Mix filling. Let sit one hour.


  1. While filling is sitting, make 2 pie crusts.
  2. Make bottom pie crust. Add filling. Add lattice top.
  3. Bake 350 F for 50-60 min.

Berries and Cream Pie


1 easy pie crust, refrigerated

Cream filling:

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

Leftover blackberry and strawberry fruit filling from Mini Pies (I blended mine and sieved out the seeds).

Pan: Small Ceramic Bowl THAT IS OVEN SAFE


  1. Roll out pie crust to 1-2 mm thin. Make it big enough to fit in the bottom and sides of your ceramic bowl. Fold excess dough under. Pleat the pie circle nicely without lumps so it bakes evenly.
  2. Top with well mixed cream filling.
  3. Top with fruit filling.
  4. Top with pie crust, crimp edges with a fork.
  5. Bake 350 F for 35 min.
  6. Enjoy!


Swati’s Pecan Pie



1 unbaked 9 inch pie shell

3 eggs, slightly beaten
1.5 c Karo Light Corn Syrup
1/4 c + 4 tsp sugar
3 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
orange zest
lemon zest
2 c pecans halves


1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

2. Spread pecans in pie shell.

3. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over pecans.


4. Bake slowly at 375 F. First 30 min, bake uncovered. Second 30 min, cover pie crust edges with tin foil to prevent burning. Let rest on counter for one hour before slicing.


NOTE: I put it in a 9 in glass pyrex pie dish. First 30 min, no problem. The second 30 min is too long, it starts to burn. More like 20 min, or 15 min. Next time amend to First 20 min uncovered, second 20 min covered with foil.

NOTE: Crust came out lovely. To roll it out so that it doesn’t stick, I used rice flour instead of all purpose flour. It worked GREAT.

NOTE: You can arrange the pecans artistically (like Martha Stewart) if you want. I didn’t want, it’s a pain and takes a long time. B


Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp
adapted from Pillsbury’s “The Complete Book of Baking”
Yield: 12 (1/2 c) servings

Apple Mixture:

6 c sliced apples (usu 3 Granny Smith)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp water
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 c sugar


1 c rolled oats
1 c all purpose flour
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c butter, softened


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Mix apple mixture together in bowl.
  3. Mix topping mixture together in second bowl.
  4. Place apple mixture in ungreased 8 x 8 pyrex (brownie pan).
  5. Top with topping mixture.
  6. Bake 375 F for 25-35 min.
  7. Enjoy with whipping cream or ice cream.

NOTE: Can also use sliced peeled peaches or blueberries for the apples.

Strawberry Icebox Pie

From Martha Stewart, Pies


10 graham crackers (2 1/2 by 5 inches)
2 tbsp sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
2 quarts strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced (a few whole berries reserved for garnish)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 c sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, blend graham crackers with 2 tablespoons sugar until finely ground; add butter and pulse until crumbs are moistened. Press mixture into the bottom and up the side of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until crust is lightly browned, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine 3/4 cup sugar, cranberry juice, 2 cups strawberries, cornstarch, and salt. Using a potato masher, gently mash strawberries. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until very thick, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Stir in remaining strawberries. Pour into cooled pie crust. Refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours (or up to 1 day).

In a large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar over cream and continue to beat until soft peaks return (do not overbeat). Spread whipped cream over pie, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border around edge. Garnish with whole berries.


Squash Pie

2 c squash

5 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp flour

2 c milk

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg


Pare squash, boil till tender, sift through colander.

Beat egg, add sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt.

Stir these into the squash and add the milk, stirring in slowly.

Bake in deep plate, like a custard pie.