Hooray!!! It’s a surprise, virtual baby shower for our darling friend, Rachel from, Rachel Cooks. I’m so glad that Brandi from, Branappetit and Brandy from Nutmeg Nanny threw this shower together. I’ve been so blessed to get to know Rachel better and better over the past few months, and let me tell you, she so deserves all of this blog love today. I’m so blessed to have her as a friend, and I cannot wait for her little one to get here, so we can all fall in love. ;)

So, here are a few of my favorite points about Rachel and the Magimix. Then everyone go show Rachel and the other participants lots of love today.

Celebrating Rachel Cooks

Rachel and I have actually never met IRL (In real life). I’m completely sad about this, but someday it is totally going to happen and I cannot wait to sit and chat like there is no tomorrow. Rachel and I, of course, met through the blogging world and we generally keep in touch through email. In fact, I just wrote her and then proceeded to sit down and write this secret post about her.

Rachel and I have something in common, and that’s a hard pregnancy. She has endured some very scary moments this pregnancy, and I have been so inspired by her determination to make it through all of this. She is a darling mother who happens to also be a stellar wife, and friend, even if it is from afar. I love that her favorite herb is Basil, clearly my kind of gal, and she makes so much good food that I wish we were neighbors and we could nosh on each other’s creations.

If you aren’t already following Rachel Cooks, you should totally get on it. I adore her writing, her recipes, and her friendship, care and concern for all those she associates with.

Make sure you check out everyone’s deliciousness…
Nutmeg Nanny-S’mores Popcorn
Creative Culinary-Patchwork Quilt Cup cakes
Sarah’s Cucina Bella-Apple ASiago Proscuitto Bites
Missinthekitchen-White Choc.Biscoff Muddy Buddy
Fake Ginger-Snickerdoodle Scones     
Cookistry-Walnut Streusal Coffee Cake
Bake Your Day-Caramel Cashew Popcorn Balls  
Bread and Butter-Primal Pumpkin Whoopies
A Spicy Perspective-Turtle Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake
30AEats-Southern Cheese Straws
Taste and Tell-Layered Blue Jello          
Bakeaholic Mama-Salted Caramel Popcorn Bars
Steph’s Bite by Bite-Baby Blueberry Pies
Susie Freaking Homemaker-Cucumber Sandwich
Diabetic Foodie-Cranberry Citrus Meatballs  
Chip Chip Hooray-Itty Bitty Thumbprint Cookies
The Lemon Bowl-Hermit Bars 
Budget Gourmet Mom-Baby Blue Cheeseburger
Mother Thyme-Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls  
Pass the Sushi-Sweet Potato Soup-Maple Cream
Bran Appetit-Bourbon Toffee Popcorn
Cooking With Books-Curried Salmon Phyllo Cups  
Thrifty Veggie Mama-Butternut Squash/Sage Crostini
Eat2Gather-Chicken Salad
The Spiffy Cookie-Sweet Potato Pie Dip
FarmGirlGourmet-Dark Choc.Cashew BrittleCookies
London Bakes-Mini Onion Feta Pizzas

I thought a ton about what I wanted to share with you all today, and while I had planned to “bring” a chocolate pizza, everything changed when I received my new Magimix Food Processor. I love it almost as much as I love Rachel and her beautiful blog. I just knew that the first thing I wanted to make was pie dough. I know, there are so many options out there, but I love that a food processor can do all of the work for me.

Win A Magimix Food Processor Valued at $500!!

Plus, what better way to celebrate a darling friend than to giveaway a beautiful food processor valued at over $400?!!

And a few little points about the Magimix.

I love how efficiently it works, even the cheese grates to perfection. I love that it comes with a storage case for all of the attachments! GENIUS! I hated storing all of the attachments for my last food processor. These all fit perfectly in a container, so you aren’t digging through anything and it’s easy to put away.

  • Extremely powerful, extra-quiet motor.
  • Three work bowls allows you to use the size that fits the job, and allows you to work in rapid succession without washing bowls in between.
  • Small bowl is perfect for mincing herbs, chopping nuts or blending a sauce.
  • The medium bowl is ideal for slicing, grating and making julienne cuts.
  • Large bowl handles prep jobs like mixing batters, kneading dough and slicing a large batch of vegetables.
  • Motor automatically adjusts power and speed to suit job at hand.
  • There are two feed tubes, regular and extra large. Extra-large feed tube eliminates need to precut most ingredients.

Enter the giveaway and then scroll down for the recipe!

Blackberry Mini Pies
Mini Blackberry Pies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Mini Blackberry Pies

Getting all of the goodness of a full sized pie in a bite size little morsel.

Ingredients

  • Muffin Tin
  • 1 Prepared Pie Crust or this recipe
  • 2 Cups Frozen Blackberries
  • 1/2 Cup Granny Smith Apple, grated (I just threw the peeled, cored apple in the food processor)
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • Crumble Mixture
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Cake Flour (I use King Arthur as it is the lightest and best quality I have found)

Instructions

  1. Roll the pie crust out on a floured surface, about 1/4" thick. I used parchment paper to measure one of the muffin tin holes, but you could always just cut circles bigger than the hole. Cut out circles, and drop them into the tins, pressing the sides around the hole, just as you would a regular pie. Dock (use a fork to stab holes around the sides and bottom of the crust) the crust and set aside.
  2. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan add the blackberries, grated apple, salt, sugar, cinnamon and flour. Cook over medium heat for 4-8 minutes or until thick and bubbly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a moment.
  4. While the mixture is cooling, prepare the crumble mixture.
  5. In a small bowl, add the sugars, cinnamon, salt, butter and flour. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour/sugar mixture.
  6. Spoon the blackberry mixture into each of the pies. Top with a little handful of crumble mixture and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden in color.
  7. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, and carefully remove from the pan. Enjoy!!
http://www.ohsweetbasil.com/2012/11/blackberry-pie-minis.html
*I was provided a Magimix to review, but all opinions remain my own.
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