Tried Two New Recipes ~ Burek (Borek) & Chocolate Pie

Tried a couple of new recipes this weekend ~ one from Laila and one from The Pioneer Woman.

First…let’s do dessert! 🙂 Always go for the dessert first…especially when it has chocolate in it!

Here is the printable recipe for The Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Pie…it’s pretty simple with not many ingredients.

I used her recipe for pie crust…I had made up one of her apple pies last month and stuck the rest of the pie crust into the freezer for a later date.

The only thing I would say is it takes more than 45 seconds to melt the chocolate in the microwave. I ended up just putting it over a small pot of hot water to melt it. Pulled out my Kitchenaid for this pie…added an egg and then walked away to watch the Friday Night Fights on ESPN. Added an egg and went back to tv…that goes on for four eggs. Until….

ONLY BAD THING ABOUT THIS IS YOU HAVE TO WAIT TWO FLIPPING HOURS BEFORE EATING IT! Big sigh…when she tells you to “scrape every last speck of it out of the bowl”….DON’T LISTEN TO HER! Leave some for you to lick lick lick! That should hold you until the looooooong two hours is up. 😀


Next ~ onto Laila’s recipe. I made this up for dinner last night. Very, very, very tasty. Laila's Ground Meat Phyllo Pie "Burek"

Her recipe calls for:

one package of phyllo dough (box holds two packages, use whole box!)
1 pound of minced meat ~ I used chili cut minced beef
2 TBSP butter
1 small onion, chopped (I used a large yellow onion)
1/2 cup choped bell peppers (I probably ended up with 3/4 cup of chopped red, yellow and orange bell peppers, don’t like the green ones.)
1 TBSP Tomato paste
1/2 tsp Allspice
Salt and Pepper to taste
3/4 Cup milk
(I added Feta Cheese…had some that I needed to use up, figured it’s good with Spinach pie, why not with this?!)

Melt butter and saute onions, add meat until all cooked. Add peppers and mix. Then add allspice, salt and pepper, and tomato paste. Set aside.

Melt 1/2-3/4 cup of butter. Brush bottom of pan with butter and add the first sheet of phyllo (1-2 sheets), brush with butter and keep doing this until 1/2 phyllo is used.

Add meat mixture.

Continue with phyllo and butter until the last is used. Do not butter the top layer. You pour the 3/4 cup milk on top of the whole kit-n-kaboodle. The milk will give you a moist flaky crust that is easier to cut.

She says to use a medium oven for 30 minutes…I baked the pie at 375F for 30 minutes.

Cut and eat! I made up a salad of sliced cucumbers and red onions with garlic red wine vinegar.

For Today ~ 9 February 2009 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 9 February 2009

Outside My Window… Dark…horizon has a purple glow…sky is white with blowing snow. It be chilly out there!

I am thinking… Stupid Nevada weather. 60F then 30F then 60F then 46F then 60F then 34F. Grrrrr. Thank goodness I don’t have fruit trees.

I am thankful for… my space heater, again. Heat my tootsies, please!

From the kitchen… a new recipe I tried from LAILA ~ Ground Meat Phyllo Pie. It was quite yummie! I added a salad of sliced cucumbers & red onions with garlic red wine vinegar.

I am wearing… blue jeans, tennies, fuzzy grey pullover with rolled neck.

I am creating… a quilt. I’m sketching an idea for a quilt using 1930’s reproduction fabrics.

I am going… to call my husband to thank him for washing the bed sheets…he’s not very good at laundry, but he trys.

I am reading… gardening books…and Hobby Farm magazine.

I am hoping… that my pepper seeds start to sprout. It’s a bit cold in our house and I keep moving them around to find a warm spot.

I am hearing… quiet. Nice quiet.

Around the house… A patched hole in the wall from the doorknob. Clean kitchen. New bird feeder to replace an old broken one. More cleaning/clearing of the flower beds.

One of my favorite things… snuggling under 4 quilts while it’s cold outside…hitting the alarm clock and telling it FIVE MORE MINUTES!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… take down some quilt blocks to start fancy hand stitching and appliquing on them (crazy quilt blocks).

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…



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