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Paulette L. Motzko
Otherwise known as Miss Polly.
The combination of the apples with a cream cheese goes really nicely together and a shortbread like pastry crust gives it that cookie like crunch.
This was created with 3 prepared products, which I don’t normally buy, but it was the day before Thanksgiving and I really didn’t feel like cooking all day and I really didn’t feel like cleaning a bunch of dishes up… So I used these three products to make it. Once you buy these items then it’s very easy.
Betty Crocker Pastry Crust Mix- All I did was add water to the mix, and mixed it justice though I would for shortbread with a pastry blender. and you can make either a one crust or two crust.
I made the two crust recipe and then pressed it out into a large greased stoneware tart pan.
I then pricked the pie crust with a fork so as to let the steam come out.
I baked the pie crust at 450 degrees, (as directed on the box), about 10 minutes without any filling in it whatsoever.
Once the pie crust was baked, but not overly brown, I took it out and put it on a trivet.
While the pie crust is still hot, I took 8 oz of light spreadable cream cheese and spread it all over the crust gently with a spatula made of silicone so it doesn’t stick.
Another thing that you could use is the vanilla low-fat cream cheese which would go very well with this or any of the other flavors that you like from Philadelphia or other brands that are light spreadable versions.
Once the cream cheese with smoothed all over the crust- which the heat is going to help with-, then I simply pour one can of apple-pie- filling on top of the softened cream cheese topping.
Drizzled some orange flower honey all over the top of the apple pie filling in sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon.
The pie turned out awesome, in any professional baker, if they tried it we never believe it was done with such simple, off-the-shelf ingredients, and got such a fantastic in product with it.
I’m going to create my own unique apple pie topping for the next one and then I’m also going to be using my own shortbread pie crust the next time I make it.
First time around with a prototype to see if I liked the combination and I did and so now I’m printing it.
That’s the great thing about cooking and baking us the creating and melding of flavors that create a whole new one!
This is a great dish to have if you want to invite friends over for coffee or tea.
Another nice addition to the apple pie filling would be sliced walnuts or pecans.
Easy Microwave Egg Cheese Spuds
1. Simply wash your choice of potato ‘sweet or white- and scrub it really well with a brush and then poke it with a knife or Fork several times to let the steam out.
2. Put the potato on a paper towel and microwave, if you have a setting for spuds on your microwave use it, if not about 5 minutes on high.
3.Slice open the potato and crack an egg inside or add 1/4 cup egg substitute and then blend it then added back to the microwave and cook for about 30 seconds until the egg is cooked.
4. Top with cheddar cheese or monterey jack and you can also add salsa to this if you like. If using a sweet potato a mango pineapple salsa would be good with it or a Chipotle based salsa with Monterey Jack cheese.
Enjoy this anyway you like it for a healthy, high protein high-fiber delicious brunch or lunch.
More add in’s when you add the scrambled egg substitute are:
1. Chopped Black olives
2. Chopped Ortega green chiles
3. Sauteed minced onions
4. Baby spinach leaves
5. Chia seeds to add extra omega-3 fatty acids and fiber
Recipe and photos by Paulette “Polly” Motzko.
November 26th 2018.
Picture to come!
- A little over 3 cups each 00 Italian flour used for pasta and breads and Organic Rye flour
- 1-1/2 teas. sea salt
- 3 cups spring water, room temperature or heated to 100 degrees. ( I use room temperature water because I mixed the dough at night in my Dutch oven and stirred around with a really heavy duty stainless steel spoon and covered it with a glass lid so it wasn’t airtight. I was in able to leave it all night and it would be slightly risen the next day, ready for shaping and baking.
- The hotter the liquid that you add to the yeast the faster it’s going to rise. The slow cooler the water the slower it will rise.
- 3 tablespoons (2 packages) Active dry yeast
- 1 to 2 tablespoons 365 Organics caraway seed
- Cornmeal for dusting the baking pans with.
Mixed with KitchenAid mixer all the ingredients or with a very sturdy stainless steel spoon or wooden spoon. I also used a spatula so that I could scrape down the sides of the bowl while I was mixing it up, making sure all the yeast didn’t stick to the side of the bowl.
A good spatula will also help you get it out of the bowl or whatever receptacle you make it in, mixer or my hand.
The next morning add any more flour you might need to adjust the texture of the dough, so it is a nice moist and that allows you to still pick it up and portion three loads on baking sheets.
About 20 minutes before you’re to bake, set the oven to 450 degrees. Put a stainless steel pan in the bottom of the oven that has water in it so that it’s steams the bread while it’s baking.
Once you move over all of the bread dough balls over onto the three baking sheets coated with cornmeal, then take either a serrated knife or other baking utensil and mark a Tic Tac Toe pattern on top of each loaf. I used my serrated bread knife it’s very sharp. Coat the tops with slight amount of the 00 all purpose flour and let rise an additional 45 minutes and then bake for 30 minutes.
You can enjoy with butter or margarine or vegan spread or use a really good quality balsamic vinegar with either extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil mixed with some organic Italian seasoning. Boy was that good!
The two of those flavors went together like two people that really love each other in a really good marriage!
The one is made better by the presence of the other.
This recipe was adapted from the master recipe
BOULE Artisan free-form loaf in Jeff hertzberg and Zoe Francois’s Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day Cookbook. This book is a must-have for all serious bread bakers, and a great one for people who have never made one loaf of bread in their life.
This is the only one of the series that I have and I’m telling you they have a whole empire of these books that all look amazing.
I hope you enjoy this bread as much as I have. I made one to keep and two to give away.
Updated with new, never-before-seen images November 24th 2018 from the original July 14th 2018 post.
Show images photographed by Paulette Motzko
Recipe adapted by Paulette Motzko from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
Paulette’s Cinnamon Turmeric Health Cocktail and Words of Wisdom from Young Minded 57 Year old.
1 teaspoon organic ground turmeric
1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
1 cup of either soy milk, almond milk, diluted evaporated milk or regular milk
Few pumps of Torani sugar-free vanilla syrup or agave nectar or honey just your taste.
I teaspoon Solgar Vegetarian Brewer’s Yeast Powder
Mix all ingredients in either Ninja food processor or a Magic Bullet process and drink daily.
You can double this or triple this or quadruple this as you see fit to meet your needs.
I’ve been doing this for about 2 weeks and I’m no longer taking pain medicine, I think better I am better overall I’ve accomplished more I’ve done more I think more clearly.
How to change my diet radically over the last year and I do a lot of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free dishes and I still in a Grade others cuz I am not gluten intolerant but I do a lot of gluten free. I do a lot of vegetarian vegan and use vegan eggs and egg substitute 8 tons of spinach and it seems that all the things that I really really loves the kid including sunflower seeds are really good for me from all the research that I’ve done searching things.
I eat yams and sweet potatoes with your high in carotene and vitamin A, I let food be my medicine and I eat very little beef but I have it once in awhile but if I eat beef or pork it has to be very high quality with no visible fat whatsoever.
Mostly I have chicken and turkey products with fish especially salmon and tuna which is a super high protein food with those wonderful omega 3 fatty acids.
I no longer take Benefiber and used to take 1000mg of pain pills a day and now I take nothing maybe one
200 mg ibuprofen and I’m doing more activity than I’ve ever done in my life.
I drink tons of water through the day, organic green tea and I drink lemon water all day long.
I make sure that I get 7 hours sleep everyday without fail so my body can regenerate so I can think so I can accomplish so I can feel my best. Experiment with what works best for you and do it and keep doing it over and over again and repeat what works and never do it doesn’t.
Read copious amounts of material daily, work towards a common goal and something that matters to you and do things you enjoy everyday things that spark joy in your soul.
This is the God’s truth and I’m a spiritual person.
That combined with Mind Body Spirit meditation, Tai Chi, regular daily exercise and a walk with really damn good Skechers gel soles and listening to music outside and conversing with people works wonders for your mind body and soul.
Listen to lots of music that you enjoy, dance, hang around young people with Brilliant Minds, and try to walk about a mile a day in the cool of the day.
I always try to make it a point to watch the sunsets and the sunrise is of life and they’ll be many more that you’ll be able to see.
Words of wisdom from a lady who’s almost 60 years old who no one believes is and refuses to act like one!
After all your attitude is the single most important asset you’ll ever carry with you as long as you live.
Oh yeah and I’m off Facebook and Twitter and I feel like a million bucks because I did it. I have so much more time that I can do other more enjoyable things.
Like living and talking to real people you can see up close face to face and life in general.
Written by Paulette L. Motzko.
Saturday, November 24th, 2018