Good morning everyone!
Last night it was time to do this week’s ’52 new things’ task: baking a pie from scratch. The truth? I’ve never baked a pie period, unless you count putting a ready-made frozen pie in the oven. I’ve never attempted making a pie even with ready made crust. This is all just too silly as I happen to LOVE pie with a passion (more than cupcakes!).
I decided to make a Bumbleberry pie. Although I love most forms of pie – anything with berries is my favorite. I stopped by the Farm Boy on the way back from the gym and picked up a few things. After I picked up Max I had to buy some sugar, flour and lard (ewww).
In order to accomplish this task, I had to wait for Max to go to bed. I tucked him in at 7:15 and went downstairs to wash some dishes and get organized. In the middle of preparing the pie, P came home. When he went to check on Max, he saw that Mr. Max was sitting in his crib playing with his stuffies – since he saw Daddy, he got up for a bit to play “chase Daddy” and cars. So – this whole task took a bit longer than expected 🙂
The first thing I did was prep the fruit. I washed the blackberries and raspberries, and washed and sliced the strawberries. I put them in a bowl with some sugar and corn starch. I also added my “secret ingredient which is lemon and lime zest! The berry mixture had to stand for about 15 minutes, which gave me enough time to make the crust.
The recipe I used for the crust was the one from my Kitchenaid Mixer recipe book – it worked, and was yummy! I had to make the crust, which meant deciphering what ‘cutting the lard and butter in the flour’ meant. Thank goodness for having a Kitchenaid mixer! It made the crust making so easy! After the crust was made, I had to roll it into a ball, wrap with saran wrap and then put in the fridge for 15 minutes.
In the Kitchenaid recipe, they suggested using two pieces of Wax Paper to roll out the dough, rather than using the traditional flour on the counter way. It worked – but I’m not sure it made my crust perfect. It was a bit difficult to roll and I think the top crust was a bit too thick for my liking. I will probably go back to my flour on the counter method for next time.
After the dough was ready, in went the berries with a top crust put on top. In the oven at 375 for about 40 minutes and the beautiful pie was ready! It was torture waiting for the pie to cool, but when it was ready I enjoyed a slice! It was yummy!
All in all, a few things – I need to improve on my dough ‘pinching’ method, and I want to adjust the berry mixture recipe. It didn’t get as thick as I wanted it to be – so I think some adjustments need to be made before I post the recipe! Will I bake a pie again – of course!! I think once I make a bunch of dough and freeze it – the time required to bake a pie will be short!
Have you ever baked a pie from scratch?
What is your favorite pie?