Saturday, October 10, 2009

Got Pie? Got Creativity?

I spent this rainy morning making two apple pies and I started to wonder who invented the recipe for pie crust. Was it an accident? That seems unlikely. How could you accidentally mix flour, fat, and water; wrap it around some fruit; bake it; eat it and say, "Wow, I just invented pie!"?? On the other hand, what would possess you to do such a thing on purpose?? The human mind is capable of such incredible creativity.


Flaky crust for two pies:
In a large bowl. combine 3 cups all purpose flour, 1 cup wheat pastry flour, 2 teaspoons of salt. Cut in 1 cup chilled butter and 3/4 cup vegetable shortening until crumbly.
Whisk together 1 egg, 1/2 cup very cold water and 1tablespoon of cider vinegar. Gradually add to flour mixture, tossing with a fork until the dough forms a ball. Divide into four portions and chill for an hour. Roll out on lightly floured surface when ready to assemble the pies.
Apple Pie Filling:
Peel. core and slice 12-14 apples (about 14 cups). Mix in 1/3 cup sugar, 4 tablespoons of honey, 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
Assemble the pie and brush top with milk (gives it the nice golden color) and sprinkle with a bit of sugar (makes it sparkly). Bake for 20 minutes in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F. Reduce oven heat to 350 and bake for 30 to 40 minutes more. The crust should be nicely golden brown and the juice should be bubbling through the vents on top. Cool.
Nutritional information: Do you really want to know? It's fruit. Fruit is good for you.

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