Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cinnamon Crust Out of Extra Pie Dough

The holidays mean lots of gathering of friends and of course lots of delicious food! One holiday favorite is of course pie. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie - whatever your personal favorite, you might have some extra pie dough sitting around. Instead of throwing it out, try my recipe for Cinnamon Crust!


This was my favorite treat as a child. When my mother made pies, she'd let me use the scraps of dough to make a delicious cinnamon-sugar pastry. My children and husband love this part of the pie. They gobble it down within minutes after it has cooled.

Cinnamon Crust
Pie dough scraps
Ground cinnamon

  • Roll out the dough, in whatever shape; it can be misshapen. Place the dough in a small pie plate.
  • Put small pats of butter al over the dough, then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
  • Fold the edges up to make an envelope.
  • Dot with more butter and dust the top with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the sugar is bubbling.
  • Let cool, cut into small wedges, and enjoy!

girl eating

For a delicious pie dough recipe, try My Mom's Extra-Flaky Pie Crust Dough.

I hope everyone has a lovely holiday!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Take Part in the Farm-to-Table Trend with Local Harvest

Long before the farm-to-table trend was fashionable, my mother sought out and cooked with the bountiful produce of the farmlands that surrounded our home in Portland, Oregon. Her love of fresh food grown by local farmers has stayed with me, so I was delighted to discover Local Harvest - an organic and local food website.


Local Harvest maintains the very best public directory of small farms, farmers' markets, and other local food sources nationwide. They also encourage consumers to establish direct contact with small farms in their local area - their search engine and online store does just that. By simply typing in your location and the produce you're looking for, Local Harvest will populate a list of farmers in your area selling that product - you can even buy it online! You can also find grass-fed meats, fresh flowers, organic health care products, Christmas wreaths, desserts, gifts, pet items, and other treats!

Visit for more information.