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Homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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Ingredients: 

1 stick of butter (softened at room temperature)
12 oz./1.5 cups solid vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners sugar (sifted)
1-2 tablespoons milk
Pinch of salt

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Using a large bowl, mix the shortening and butter with an electric mixer until blended together and creamy. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift the confectioners’ sugar. Gradually add the sugar into the mixture, on medium (be careful not to add too much sugar at a time or else it will overflow and fly everywhere). Occasionally stop to scrape the sides of the bowl. Mix until all the sugar is incorporated. Add a pinch of salt to give it just a hint of saltiness (if you desire). Add 1 tablespoon of milk. If the mixture is too dry, add more milk. If it is too runny, add more confectioners’ sugar. Keep bowl covered and chilled until ready to use. Frosting can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Pie Baking Contest

Last week, Dogeared held a pie baking contest! We could barely snap a photo before the judges (and everyone else) dug in! The winning pies were cranberry/walnut, blueberry and key lime—but they were all deee-licious!

If you want to try your hand at recreating our faves, try the recipes (generously provided by the winners)

1st Place: Seaport Cranberry Pie by Aubin

Mix together in the bottom of a pie plate:
1 bag of whole cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sugar
Mix together and pour over berry and nut mixture:
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup melted, unsalted butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. almond extract
1 cup flour
Bake 35-40 minutes @ 375 degrees.

2nd Place: Fresh Blueberry Pie by Callie

1 prepared 8 inch pastry shell, baked and cooled
1 T butter
2 pints (4 cups) fresh blueberries
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. flour
1/2 c. sugar
Pour 2 cups of the blueberries into the baked pie shell. Combine the remaining 2 cups berries, flour, butter, lemon juice and sugar into a small saucepan. Mix thoroughly and bring to just a boil over medium heat. Berries should begin to pop open.
Pour cooked berries over fresh berries. Chill pie and serve with whipped cream.

3rd Place: Key Lime Pie by Stephanie

Crust:
1 1/4 cup cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
5 1/3 tbsp melted, unsalted butter
Filling:
3 egg yolks
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp fresh key lime juice
2 tsp grated lime zest
Topping:
Cool Whip + 1 Tbsp fresh key lime juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
To prepare the crust, mix the butter and cinnamon graham cracker crumbs together in a small bowl. Press into an 8″ pie pan and bake for 5 minutes.
For the filling, combine the egg yolks and condensed milk. Beat on high until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Gradually beat in the key lime juice and zest. Pour into the crust and bake for 15 minutes or until set. The 15 minute mark is a rough guideline. Depending on your oven, this can vary considerably. It is done when a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool the pie completely before topping it with the whipped cream.

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Drink Up

You don’t need an exotic getaway to look the part! Just mix up this easy tropical drink, deck yourself out in Dogeared jewels and turn your backyard into your own personal paradise!

3 ounces pineapple juice (we used pineapple soda—yum!)
2 ounces orange juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
1/2 ounce grenadine syrup
Citrus twists
Maraschino cherries
Ice

In a chilled glass, add ice and stir in juices. Add the grenadine syrup and garnish with citrus fruit and maraschino cherries. Mix in an “adult beverage” and it’ll really feel like a vacation. 😉

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