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I got a big slice of turkey breast to take home from the new year’s eve party.  I was going to just make turkey pot pie, which is simpler with only a top crust to put over the turkey meat mixture.

I always wanted to try making Hong Kong style chicken pie at home.  The crust is melt-in-your-mouth type of texture and sweeter than just a traditional pie.  I like it better than the western flaky pie as it’s is crunchy and crispy yet melt in the mouth.  Buying it from bakery has been my only option, but I think the filling is always quite little with relatively thick crust.  Making my own can control the thickness of the crust and the contents of the meat mixture (I use mushroom / edamame / corn, which is nicer than just frozen vegetable mix).

My first trial is quite a success (I think, haha).  Taste is comparable to those bought from bakery, thanks to this good recipe by Chef Chu’s Kitchen (a PDF in chinese).  I modified the recipe by reducing sugar by 25% and change from just white sugar to icing sugar to make it more melt-in-your-mouth, and cut some cream / salt and then add more vegetables to make it tiny bit more nutritious.  I elaborated more on the procedures too, since I know my friends W and M from the new year’s eve party were drooling when I showed them how I made used of the leftover turkey =)

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More filling with thinner crust than bakery, yet there are still a good portion of crunchy, melt in your mouth crust for each pie.

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I think apple pie was the first baking Jen did at my kitchen.  We followed this recipe from “In the Sweet Kitchen” and no wonder it’s called “DAMN FINE APPLE PIE”.  The flaky pie pastry was really excellent.  She brought the 3 little cute pies to her later dinner with 2 guy friends, and they were pleasantly surprised that JEN CAN BAKE!!  Last time I visited her apartment, I saw a rolling pin on her dish rack, so I’m sure she made this apple pie again!!  Since I’m taking this baking book back, guess I should post the recipe so Jen can continue to bake her favorite apple pie.

Damn Fine Apple Pie

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I had a really good apple pie recipe in a dessert book, yet it’s still on loan with my friend so I have to look elsewhere.  Then I came across Chef Pepin’s mom’s apple pie recipe and made it with the Granny Smith apples I have at home.  It’s interesting that the recipe wants you to use hand only to press onto the pie plate, instead of using a rolling pin for a nice uniform pastry in all other apple pie recipes.

Apple tart

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