Happy Holidays

An American Favorite dessert and believe it or not it is easy to make. The expression “easy as pie” is true.

I’ve been making pies for years and not just for the holidays.  Once you get past the idea that making a crust is difficult, then you will be making pies all the time.  Not just sweet pies, but savory ones too!

Let’s start with the crust.

I have 2 favorite crust.  French dough, Pate Sucre and the Italian, Pasta Frolla, which means, short crust.  All butter crust are rich in flavor and with small, flaky texture. Both lend well to all types of fillings.

My Mom always said to get all of the ingredients ready first. Mis en Place – is French for Let’s get everything in place!  Don't skip this step for any baking or cooking.  I've had mishaps when I've rushed and tried to grab an ingredient last minute.

The simplest of ingredients, are the ones you have on hand: butter, flour, eggs, sugar, salt and water. These ingredients are best when all are used cold and will yield the most buttery, flaky of crust.  I will measure out and refrigerate the ingredients the night before or earlier in the day, so they will be cold and when ready to use.

The equipment I use to make my crust is a food processor for speed, or if by hand, use two forks or a pastry cutter. Then my favorite  rolling pin and pie mat.

Another good tip is to make sure your kitchen is cool.  I live in the northeast, but have turned on the air conditioner in the middle of the winter to roll out the pie crust when the oven is warming the house!

 

What I love about pie is that it is a great dessert or can be a great savory entrée with a salad on the side.

Pie’s are made all over the world.  It is a great way to take extra fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood to create a new meal.  Nothing is wasted. Creating a warm delicious meal or a cold refreshing dessert. Pies Rule!

 

When I make our family traditional pie, like my Easter Ricotta Pie, I will make it with the Italian Pasta Frolla.  Thanksgiving pies are made with the French Pate Sucre dough.  (go to recipes)

 



Perfect with sweet or savory foods  Pancakes/Waffles  Ice Cream  Cakes  

 

Assorted Cheeses   Yogurt    Smoothies    Roasted Savory Foods - Chicken  Pork  Duck  Game

  

Breakfast   Cocktails    Appetizers   Dinner   Desserts 

 

The uses are endless...Enjoy!