Thursday, November 24, 2011

Humble Pie

The pie crust recipe I have came from my mom with about a hundred disclaimers about how difficult it is and that she rarely gets it just right and not to blame her if I end up eating custard on a brick on Thanksgiving instead of pumpkin pie.  I was certain, however, that I could create the perfect, flaky crust without much ado.  Maiden aunts are born to bake, I told myself.  It's what we do.  It's how we bribe people to be our friends. 

But by the time rolling attempt #3 resulted in a hockey puck, my confidence began to waver.  I abandoned that batch of dough and mixed up a fresh one.  I was beginning to get a feel for the texture, and for how much water I needed to add at the end to bring it all together.  I decided that my mom forgot to mention when she gave me the recipe that it makes two crusts if you know what you're doing

After it rested for a while in the fridge, I rolled the whole ball of dough out into a big circle, transferred it to the pie plate, hacked off what I didn't need, and crimped the edges.  Some filling and an hour in the oven later, I had a pie.  Fear not, Gentle Readers.  I did not throw away all that extra dough; I made pinwheels.  Melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon can solve a lot of problems.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Well done Maria, on all fronts - the success in rolling, the pinwheels, and for another great post! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Auntie. That's exactly what mom did all the way down to the pinwheels, but somehow she is the only person who can make that dough on the first try without any problems whatsoever!

  3. I have been known to eat a hockey puck pie from time to time.

  4. I may get the dough right, but I forgot to put the pats of butter onto the apples before closing the pie. Sigh. It is always something eh? In addition, I never seem to put enought cinnamon and sugar on the pinwheels. I am told I should leave the cooking to Katelyn, but I am not a quitter!