The Baker Upstairs

11.17.2019

9 Delicious Pie Recipes

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9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means it's time to get excited about all things pie related! In my husband's family, his sister in law Jill is famous for her pies, and usually makes at least 5 different pies for each Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Since she loves making pies (and her pies are always delicious) the rest of us have pretty much delegated that task to her. Because I always had Jill around to meet all of my pie related needs, I never really bothered to learn how to make pie myself. And then we moved to Oregon, and I realized that if I wanted delicious homemade pie, I was going to have to make it myself.

I have to admit, I am such a pie novice that I had never even made my own homemade pie crust until about two and a half years ago! Since then, I've been working on making better pies, and improving bit by bit. I still wouldn't call myself a pie master by any means, but I've got some great recipes under my belt now, and I feel reasonably confident about tackling basic pies. I'm sharing some of my favorite pie recipes with you, in the hopes that they'll inspire you as you put together your own Thanksgiving menu!


Homemade pie crust is simple, quick, and easy to make with this fantastic recipe!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


This homemade apple pie filling is so delicious and flavorful, and makes the best apple pie ever!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


This delicious homemade blueberry pie is so simple and easy to make, you won't believe you made it at home!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


This simple and delicious caramel apple galette is so easy to make. It has all of the deliciousness of apple pie, but with way less work!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!

Huckleberry Hand Pies

These huckleberry hand pies are easy to make using fresh or frozen huckleberries, and so adorable and delicious!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


These delicious and adorable strawberry hand pies are easy to make, and the perfect summer dessert!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


This lemon meringue pie is so heavenly and easy to make too! Deliciously tart and flavorful lemon custard topped with clouds of sweet fluffy meringue, for a show-stopping dessert!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


This delicious peach crisp pie is loaded with sweet juicy peaches and a buttery, cinnamony, crunchy crisp topping!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!


These delicious homemade pumpkin pasties taste just like pumpkin pie, and they're so easy to make!

9 delicious pie recipes - from adorable berry hand pies to luscious lemon meringue pie, plus a killer homemade pie crust recipe!

Happy pie baking!

11.14.2019

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

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This cheesy and delicious chicken cordon bleu pasta is so flavorful, and so easy to make!

This cheesy and delicious chicken cordon bleu pasta is so flavorful, and so easy to make!

Are you more of a menu planner or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type cook? I aspire to be a great menu planner, but usually only end up planning a menu and grocery shopping about every other week. On the off week, we usually just cobble together odds and ends from the pantry and cupboard, catch up on meals I didn't make from the week before, and/or eat out. As much as I would love to be organized enough to plan a menu every single week, I like having a little more flexibility than that, and we tend to have so much food in the fridge and pantry anyway that it's a good way to rotate through our stash. This chicken cordon bleu pasta is one that I make frequently in those in-between weeks. I almost always have cooked chicken and ham in the freezer, pasta in the pantry, and cheese and milk in the fridge, so it's a no brainer to throw everything together into a cheesy and filling pasta dish!

This cheesy and delicious chicken cordon bleu pasta is so flavorful, and so easy to make!

My kids always ask for seconds when I make this pasta, and I love that it's so simple and delicious! The combination of tender chicken and ham with a creamy swiss cheese sauce is fantastic. It's ready in less than 30 minutes, which makes it perfect for a busy night (as all of my weeknights seem to be lately). It's one of our go-to meals!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

8 ounces rotini pasta
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
pepper (to taste)
1 cup grated swiss cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
3/4 cup chopped ham

Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain. While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter is melted, whisk in the flour to form a paste. Let cook 2-3 minutes, until golden. Gradually add the milk, whisking so there are no lumps. Let cook for a few minutes until thickened, then gradually add the chicken broth, continuing to whisk constantly. Whisk in the salt and pepper, then let the mixture cook for a few minutes, until thickened to desired consistency. Remove from heat and whisk in the swiss cheese until melted. Return to heat and stir in the chicken, ham, and cooked pasta, until warmed through. 
This cheesy and delicious chicken cordon bleu pasta is so flavorful, and so easy to make!

11.12.2019

Cranberry Orange Scones

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These cranberry orange scones are so light and tender, and perfectly sweetened!

These cranberry orange scones are so light and tender, and perfectly sweetened!

Do you love a good scone as much as I do? I grew up in Utah, where "scones" are pieces of fried bread dough, usually topped with honey butter. I had never even tried a traditional scone until I was fully grown up, and it was a little strange to me that these crumbly little biscuit-like scones shared the same name as the fried bread of my childhood. I've developed a deep appreciation for real scones since then, and I try to make some variety of scone at least once or twice a month. They are such a joy with a cup of warm hot chocolate or tea, especially when it's cold out. I've made a wide variety of scone flavors, from lemon poppyseed to peaches and cream, and I love them all. These cranberry orange scones are a new variation that I tried recently, now that fresh cranberries are in season, and they have quickly become a new favorite!

These cranberry orange scones are so light and tender, and perfectly sweetened!

Cranberries are a great choice for scones because they add a lot of flavor, but don't add a ton of moisture. I bumped up the sweetness in the scones a little to compensate for the tartness of the cranberries, and the flavors are so good together. There's some citrusy sweetness from the orange, the bright and tart cranberry flavor, and the underlying sweet and tender scone dough. I like to brush them with cream before baking so they brown a little bit in the oven, and they're crisp on top but still soft and tender in the middle.

These cranberry orange scones are so light and tender, and perfectly sweetened!

To make these scones even more delicious, I drizzled a sweet orange glaze over the top to finish them. It's not strictly necessary, but it does add a nice little boost of orange flavor! These scones are perfect for breakfast, dessert, or snacking any time. They're the perfect blend of sweet and tart, and the texture is perfect!

These cranberry orange scones are so light and tender, and perfectly sweetened!
Cranberry Orange Scones

for the scones:
1/2 cup sugar
zest of one orange
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, cold
1/2 cup half and half
1 egg
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 cup fresh cranberries, cut in half
2 tablespoons cream
sparkling sugar

for the glaze:
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 teaspoons half and half

Preheat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with silicone or parchment. In a large bowl, rub the sugar and orange zest together until fragrant. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Grate the cold butter into the flour mixture and toss to combine. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the half and half, eggs, and orange extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until the dough just starts to come together. Gently fold in the cranberries, being careful not to crush them.

Pat the dough out into a 8 inch square, being careful not to overwork it. Cut 9 circles out of the dough using a biscuit cutter, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with the cream and sprinkle with the sparkling sugar. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown. To make the glaze, whisk the orange juice and powdered sugar together. Add the half and half as needed to make a glaze that's easy to drizzle, but not too runny. Drizzle the glaze over the scones.
These cranberry orange scones are so light and tender, and perfectly sweetened!
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