Saturday, February 11, 2012

Nurses Talk- Valentines Day is a celebration of sharing and giving of the best sweets, yap I am talking about cakes and pies.  Pies are very easy to make and for many years pies were used as gifts and a symbol of love, peace, romance, happiness, etc.  When you receive a pie most likely it is created specifically for the celebration and most pies are created uniquely.  So here are the best pie recipes you can think about for this Valentines Day.

1. Valentine’s Pie

Things to prepare:
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 10-15 reduced fat chocolate sandwich cookies, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup thawed fat-free whipped topping
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
Beat egg whites with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Separately mix sugar and baking powder; gradually add to egg whites, beating until stiff and glossy. smoothly stir in chopped cookies. Spread into lightly greased 9-inch pie plate (or into a greased heart-shaped pie plate). Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool completely. Beat softened cream cheese until smooth. Add desired powdered sugar. Fold in whipped topping. Spread this mixture into cooled crust; top with berries. Serve immediately.
2. Easy Valentine Fruit Pie
Things to Prepare:
  • Pre-made gram ham cracker pie crust
  • 1 large can strawberry pie filling
  • Cool Whip
  • Red food coloring
Color cool whip with little drops of red food coloring until it's your preferred shade of pink. Pour pie filling into the pie crust and crest with cool whip. Chill for two hours.
3. Valentines Day Strawberry Marshmallow Supreme
Things to Prepare:
  • 1 9 inch grapham cracker pie shell
  • 1 can Milk, scalded
  • 12 Marshmallows, chopped
  • 1 can Thick cream
  • 1/2 cup Chopped nuts
  • 2 cups Crushed strawberries, drained
To scalded milk, add marshmallow pieces. Let cold to lukewarm. Put the cream and add into milk-marshmallow mixture. Fold in nuts and berries. Pour into pie shell and chill 8-12 hours.

4. Valentine Cherry Pie

  • Things to prepare:

    1 Cup Sugar
    ¼ Cup Flour
    ¼ tablespoon Cinnamon
    ¼ tablespoon Almond extract
    1-1/3 T Butter (about 4 teaspoons)
    1 16 oz. Can of pie cherries, NOT cherry pie filling (look for Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries packed in water)
    Pastry for double-crust pie

In saucepan, mix sugar, flour, cinnamon and undrained cherries. Cook over average heat, stir continually until mixture thickens and boils (about 7 minutes). Take away from heat and stir in with almond extract.
Pour mixture into a 9-inch unbaked pie shell. Do it with butter. Cover with top crust, stick down edges and crimp. If a lattice crust is not used, place one or some vents in the crust. Bake at 425°F for 30 to 35 minutes until crust turns brown.