food · holiday cheer

This is the Best Goddamned Gluten/Dairy/Soy-Free Pie in the History of Pies

I have been trying, for the last few Thanksgivings, to find a decent pumpkin pie recipe that will work with all of our food allergies. I found a pretty good recipe for the filling, but an even serviceable pie crust has remained an elusive quarry, until now. The two recipes I riffed off of can be found here and here. Here’s my version:

Pie Crust (makes 2 9″ gluten/diary/soy-free pie crusts):

160 grams gluten-free all-purpose flour mix (usually I use Bob’s Red Mill, but right now I have a mix I’ve been working with that has amaranth, sorghum, arrowroot starch, and potato starch. It worked great)

150 grams coconut flour

40 grams almond flour

1/2 tsp salt

168 grams (6 oz) coconut oil

50 grams sugar

63 grams beaten egg (for me this was 3 eggs with several spoonfuls removed)

Ice water

Combine the flours. You can use a sifter, or put them all in a bowl and whisk them together like I did. Then I whisked in the salt.

Cream the coconut oil and the sugar. I used my stand mixer, but you can use a hand mixer or a spoon. Whatever works best for you.

Add the egg, and some of the flour, mixing to combine. Then add the remaining flour. Don’t forget to scrape your damn bowl!

What I ended up with at this point was exactly like gluten-full pie crust after you cut the fat into the flour. I split this crumbly mixture into 2 separate bowls (using my kitchen scale) and into each I added enough ice water (a little at a time) to form it into a ball. There is no reason you couldn’t do this before dividing it in half. Roll each half into a 9″ circle between sheets of plastic wrap and then move it to a cookie sheet and refrigerate for at least an hour. NO CHEATING.

When you’re ready, get your sheets of dough out of the refrigerator and, if they are stiff (mine were like planks), allow them to rest until they are pliable before transferring them to your pie plates. If you get any cracks, just pinch the edges back together. Prick with a fork before baking (something I almost always forget to do!)

Pumpkin Pie Filling (makes enough for one gluten/dairy/soy free-pie, double if you want to make 2)

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1/4 cup white sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger (I use the dehydrated whole ginger root from here and grate it into the sugars with my Microplane.)

1/4 tsp nutmeg (I use whole nutmeg and grate it with the Microplane.)

1/2 tsp salt

2 large eggs

1 15 oz can pumpkin

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup canned coconut milk (I use the full fat kind, but “lite” will work fine too)

Preheat oven to 425°

Whisk together the sugars, spices, and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer. Add eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla, and coconut milk. Mix on medium until smooth.

Pour into your prepared (unbaked) pie crusts and bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and continue baking for 50-60 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. It will probably look a little wibbly-wobbly in the center, but it will set as it cools. Let it cool for at least 2 hours. NO CHEATING.

OMFG THIS PIE IS FUCKING AWESOME. This is the first gluten-free pie crust recipe I have found that actually works the same way as a gluten-full crust. I was able to roll it out and get it into the pan without it being too sticky and it didn’t crumble to dust when I cut and served the pie. I feel like I can actually make a covered pie now! I can make pocket pies! I am ridiculously, obscenely, excited. And the filling is AMAZEBALLS. Creamy, custardy, smooth, and perfectly pumpkiny. OM NOM NOM NOM NOM.

One final note, the egg in the pie crust makes it more susceptible to burning, so if you have (or can get) a pie crust shield, I highly recommend it. Or not. I mean. Pie crust that’s a bit dark on the edges never hurt anyone. Besides, you’re not fucking Martha Stewart so stop Instagraming that shit and eat it.

Although, to be fair, this photo is at least a little better than anything Martha Stewart took without a food stylist.

cute kids · Knitting · Zombies

Too Fast

Life marches on, as they say, and things at chez moi have been busy but fun. The Bigs have been taking a weekly nature class down in Ft. Lauderdale and T has been growing big and fast. Today she is 207 days old, or 6 months and 24 days. She is a proficient crawler and can pull herself to standing and cruise along the furniture. I’m serious. The last couple of days she has been practicing standing without holding onto anything. I anticipate walking by Christmas (or the New Year at the latest).

baby, staaaaaaaahp

And finally I’ve started been knitting again. I cast on and finished this pretty shawl to throw over T’s shoulders if we ever get any cooler weather here.

[ravelry]

I didn’t really have much of this hand spun  from last year’s TdF so basically it’s just the first half of Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth, knited until I ran out of yarn. It’s soft and cozy and should keep her shoulders nice and warm when those cold northern winds start to blow through and bring the temperature down below 75°. And yes that is considered cold down here. Stop laughing, it really is! Really!

cute kids

Been Busy

This poor blog which I’ve barely touched in a year. My poor knitting projects which have laid idle for months. It’s been kind of busy around here, as you can imagine and I wonder how anyone will find read these posts anyway now that google no longer supports reader. Then again, maybe that’s for the best and I will start writing for myself again, like I did back when my blog was good. Anyway, in the meantime you can always find me tweeting @kniterrupted. It seems the most I can manage right now.

cute kids · Zombies

And then this happened…

I know it’s been a very long time since my last post. All I can say is that it’s because reasons. The biggest reason is this:

T was born on April 29th, 2013. She was 7 lbs, 2 oz, and 19 inches long. She is a very calm, chill little baby. The perfect addition to our family.

holiday cheer

Knitting Interrupted’s 2012 stats

I thought this was interesting, although I am sad that I only hit 58 posts this year. After such a strong start too. I’m hoping to be more blog-productive in 2013. Happy New Year, y’all!

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 19,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Crafty · Knitting

Finished Objects: A Yarny Retrospective

 

Only 19 this year. A big cross-country move followed by weeks and weeks of debilitating nausea really didn’t lend itself to finishing many projects, although I am happy with what I did manage to finish. Catkin came out beautifully and is one of those things I should probably start keeping in my purse to cover my shoulders in stores that have the AC going full blast. Of course, baby sweaters, although I probably won’t need them, haha. Hopefully I can finish up a few more baby things (hats and socks, likely) before I deliver in the spring.

cute kids · holiday cheer

Merry Christmas!

Hope you had a wonderful morning full of surprises!

life

In Which I ponder Christmas in Florida Before Showing You the Contents of My Uterus.

So I guess this is a thing we do now: take the kids to the pool the week before Christmas.

Eventually I know I will get used to the (exceedingly) subtle change of seasons here, but for now it feels weird to be trying to get into the Christmas spirit when it is 80° outside. One thing I have noticed is there are a LOT of Christmas lights down here, sometimes whole developments get into the spirit and when you’re driving around at night, you get these glimpses of entire streets, lit on both sides with house after house covered in lights. I admit that it almost makes up for the lack of cold weather and snow. Almost.

And, the other thing, which I have told the social medias but not the Blog, is that I am pregnant! Here is today’s u/s

This has been a pretty rough pregnancy so far. Being pregnant at 39 is waaaaaay different from being pregnant at 29. Seriously. For real. But things are moving along and the baby looks great. Also, we’re having a girl, so there’s that too. Which reminds me. I knitted up a BSJ a while back, but now that I know it’s a girl, I think I’d like something a little less neutral and a little more girly. You think it’d sell on Etsy? There are matching bootees too. :-)

food · Meta

Hahaha Joke’s on Me

So then yesterday I made a post about how I wanted to blog more and then today I went back to Facebook and Twitter and did the exact same thing!! I logged on this morning and pretty much hung out there all day. I shared links and all my random thoughts and I didn’t blog instead at all! I think what I really need to do is change my routine. Right now I get up and make coffee and then browse the social medias while I wake up in the morning. It’s kind of like the way people used to read the morning newspaper only with people I knew in high school and whatnot. And then, instead of signing off and staying away for the rest of the day, I just kind of hang out. I think tomorrow I will try reading my kindle over my morning coffee instead.

I admit that it’s been hard to stay away, especially since Friday. I have opinions, dammit! I’m just too tired to post about them there. I kind of wore myself out on Facebook, even though here, the Blog, might’ve been a better place for it. Alas. Instead, here’s a link to the Rude Pundit. He said it better than I could have anyway.

Today wasn’t totally wasted on Facebook (which, I think, means I did a better job than usual). I made marshmallows!

om nom nom!

Aren’t they pretty and festive? Also they taste like peppermint.

Meta

Once Upon a Time

I started this blog back in 2006, mostly as a means to reach out to family and friends (and maybe just a few people in the knit blogging community). It was fun, at first, it really was. And then came Facebook. And twitter. And I kind of lost my way with the blog. Facebook (and to a very lesser extent Twitter) became the repository for my link shares and random thoughts and the blog was relegated to mostly knitting content. The other thing that happened when Facebook and Twitter came along is that I started spending more and more of my time on the computer and less and less time doing other stuff, like knitting (and reading, and being outside, and having real life experiences and stuff) so I had fewer things to blog about and so the blog became boring and I became bored with the blog.

This realization makes me sad. I enjoy blogging. Or least I did enjoy it, back before I got sucked into the black hole that is social media, and I really would like to get back into it. So I am going to try something. Instead of posting my random thoughts and link shares and basically anything else to Facebook or Twitter first, I will post them here first. I’m going to start blogging again,  hopefully frequently.