Saturday, July 9, 2011

Praise The Pie!

I am not a pie baker or a pie maker, whichever is correct I do not know, but I love the opportunity to write.
So, awhile back I asked my friends for pie recipe on Facebook and  after a few replies, I decided on a recipe from K.H. She responded with a great apple pie recipe then she made the pie for me! It was delicious!  You have to try it!  The recipe follows. Thanks, KH!! (  I changed the name to sweet or sour instead of sour apple because we used gala apples instead of granny smith which made it sweeter.)

A 300 word essay was required for the contest by PIETOPIA about how your life takes like pie...
I thought I would share it with you. 

What My Life tastes Like as Pie

The Crust is the foundation of my life, which is spiritual. There is never enough crust for the filling. Making this crust is delicate; it requires much attention and patience, the part of the pie and the part of my life, where I practice most. After much labor, I have finally developed the peace that I find in my heart and the hope that tomorrow will be better than the last. I press the crust gently along the ridge hoping it will stay in tact. It is in here, in this shell, that I hope everyone will feel comfortable, and love living inside its walls, longing to call it home when they are gone.

The Filling is my family…my husband, daughters, and son. It is the reason I wake up, do chores, cook meals…make pie, rather speak. It is where the sweetness of kisses and cheers for courage are combined with the tears of trials and tragedy, which make for moments of sour despair. Without this opposition, there would be nothing to compare, I bring this taste to my lips with anticipation as each day goes by.

The Crumbled topping represents my friends, sprinkled here and there. Little accessories that light up my life, making sugar coated memories to call upon when I am weak.

The Pie looks perfect in its whole glory, but once cut, it becomes messy and looses shape, just like me. This, I have learned, is when it is important to share the pie. Those I serve; friends, family, and community are not concerned about the way it looks, as they have much of the same ingredients in their own pies; so together, we pick up our forks and praise the pie!




Butter Crust

1 7/8 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 sticks of BUTTER, chilled and cut into small pieces.
3/4 cup ice water

In bowl combine flour, salt, & sugar, add butter, using a pastry blender.
Add cold water, a TBLS at a time, until dough holds together without being wet or sticky.
Test- squeeze small amount together, if crumbly add more water. Flatten Ball into a disk, then wrap in plastic and chill for at least an hour. Take it out and roll it, flipping back and forth. Sprinkle flour onto surface so it does not stick. Make sure it is at least 2 inches larger in diameter then the largest part of your pie pan. Place it in the pie dish and then fold the extra back over into the dish, this makes it nice and thick, press along the ridge to complete the sides.

Sweet or Sour Cream Apple Pie

Filling:

Combine dry ingredients
3 Tbls flour
¾ cup granulated sugar
dash salt

In separate bowl mix well
½ pint whipping cream
1 egg well beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cups chopped apples

Pour wet ingredients a little at a time into the dry ingredients, stirring until smooth. Add apples, mix and then pour into unbaked pie shell. Top with Topping

Topping:
½ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup flour

Crumble mixture together until crumbly, sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over the top of the pie. Bake 425 degrees for 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue to bake for 30 minutes. Cool before serving.