Sunday, May 28, 2006
So, a few years ago I asked my mom if she would teach me the one thing I didn't know how to do that made me shake in my boots: homemade pie crust. So I went over to her house armed with a bag of flour, some unsalted butter (margarine is NOT ALLOWED), and a big bag of apples and we got to work. I did it. I made my first apple pie.
Now, years later I LOVE making pies....and when I make them, I make A LOT of pies. Last week I went to Schnepf Farms with my MIL and picked fresh peaches and came home and made pies...for us, for my neighbors and for my MIL and the Mr.'s grandma. So of course, I snapped a few pics of the anatomy of a "wannabe" peach pie.
Start with a huge bowl of freshly washed peaches (preferably non-sprayed!)
Make a nice crumbly crust...the key to this is not doing it on a humid day, making sure the dishwasher underneath the counter you are working on is not on (don't ask!), and not overmixing. Oh and make sure you have ICE COLD water for your crust. ICE COLD.
The bottom crust filled with yummy peaches mixed with organic sugar, lemon juice and lots of cinnamon...dotted with butter (from untreated cows of course...believe me...non-tainted dairy tastes a million times better).
And viola...with a top crust on...ready to bake. Now you would think I would have taken a picture of the baked pies...but no, I forgot...and they are long gone...so picture a nice golden crust and me eating a huge piece with some french vanilla ice cream on the side. What, what...now that's what I'm talkin' about!