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A Change from Mac ‘n Cheese

Macaroni Pie Recipe

 

Every Caribbean household seems to have their own version of this cheesy baked dish. It’s a comfort food staple in the West Indies, and it’s pretty easy to make. This sweet version is my mother’s recipe. If you prefer a more savory pie, omit the sugar and add a pinch of salt to the mixture.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Serves 4
2 cups uncooked dry elbow macaroni
1 ½ tsp salt (for cooking water)
2 eggs
2 ¼ cups grated cheddar or marble cheese (reserve ¼ cup for topping)
1 ½ cups evaporated milk (approx. 1 can)
¼ tsp white pepper
1 tbsp granulated or brown sugar
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Boil macaroni in salted water until tender, then drain.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs until fluffy.
  4. Add milk, pepper, and sugar and stir until combined.
  5. Stir in 2 cups of cheese, and the cooked macaroni.
  6. Pour into a greased, 8 x 8, baking dish and top with reserved ¼ cup of cheese.
  7. Bake until firm (aprox. 30-40 minutes).
  8. Allow pie to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving, so it can set.
Variations: There are so many ways you can make this dish your own. You can try different types of cheese, add grated onion to the mixture or top with fresh herbs, breadcrumbs or ketchup.
Tips:
       Cold cheese is easier to grate.
       The older the age of the cheese, the more “cheesy” it will taste
       If the cheese begins to brown too quickly, add a piece of foil over the top of the baking dish.
       This dish can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge, but it does not freeze well.
Serving Suggestion: Serve with stewed or barbequed chicken and a salad of leafy greens.
Enjoy!~
Baked Grapefruit with sugar


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Baked Grapefruit with Brown Sugar

Baked Grapefruit with sugarI love the combination of sweetness and acidity in this recipe. This is a great treat for breakfast or dessert!

How to make it: 
1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
2. Cut a pink grapefruit in half
3. Use a small knife to cut around the segments (so you can scoop them out of the skin later)
4. Sprinkle with brown sugar (you may also add honey over the sugar if you want it sweeter)
5. Bake until the sugar melts and becomes carmalized
6. CAREFUL! It will be really hot, so let it cool down a fair bit before eating.

Tips:
– Avoid the temptation to broil these. In my experience they just burn really quickly
– Grapefruits can become a little bitter when baked, you may need to add more sugar if it bothers you

Enjoy!~
Whipping Cream in a Kitchenaid Mixer


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Baking with a Friend

Flourless Chocolate Cake: “easy to make, easier to eat”
My friend T.F. and I made this a few weeks ago, and it turned out really well!
It’s like a thin brownie and it pairs well with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Warning: It is SUPER CHOCOLATE-Y!!!
Click on the link to get the recipe we used:
Chopping Chocolate
Chopping up the chocolate
Flourless Chocolate Cake
The finished product with an icing sugar design
Whipping Cream in a Kitchenaid Mixer
Whipping cream in the Kitchenaid mixer!
Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream
Finished product, moments before it was devoured…
 
Words can’t describe how good this is. Just try it for yourself!!!
Avon Geese Measuring Cups
Bonus: Super cute measuring cups!!!
Have a great weekend everyone!!