Saturday, December 28, 2013
We can learn a lot about life from making a pie. (Surprised?) Allow me to explain.
These are the top 5 life lessons that we can learn from pie making:
1. Life is messy - Pie bakers make messes. Inevitably, we end up with flour all over the counter, the floor and more than likely - ourselves.
2. Beauty isn't everything - Sometimes the most perfect looking crust can reveal a flavorless pie but a less than beautiful exterior isn't always a good indication of the flavor inside. Don't worry if your pie crust doesn't come out perfectly every time.
3. Home is always best - You can get pie in almost any bakery these days but nothing compares to the taste of a pie that is made by your own mother. There's just something about sitting around the kitchen table eating a slice of my mom's pie that makes it taste way better than bakery pie.
4. Everything in moderation - Even though I would like to believe that packing that much fruit into a dessert is healthy, the reality is that the fat and sugar content in a pie far outweigh the healthy fruit components. It is still okay to enjoy a slice of pie every now and then - just not the whole pie. (That was for me - not you.)
5. Math is important - Measuring, weighing and calculating ingredients accurately is crucial to the success of a pie. And let's face it, it's critical you know your fractions so that the pie can be divided evenly.
SO lets get right to the pie making process...
1 recipe for a double pie crust
1 quart blueberries (I used 1 1/2 quarts)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 Tablespoons butter
Toss blueberries with lemon juice.
Combine flour, sugar and spices. Mix with blueberries.
Lay crust in the bottom of a pie dish.
Fill crust with blueberry mixture. Dot with butter.
Cover the top with lattice strips made from crust dough.
Brush crust with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake 1 hour at 425.
This pie was given away so I don't have any pictures of a slice but I can tell you that it smelled divine.
Time to get yourself into the kitchen to start baking.