I MADE A PIE--completely from scratch, crust and filling! I've never made a pie crust from scratch, so I was really not sure what the heck I was doing, but the crust turned out really flaky and the whole pie is pretty darn tasty if I don't say so myself!
Pay no attention to the weird golden glow--I think our lights made the camera a little jaundiced. The first picture is closer to the real thing. Although the gold does make it look nice...Since I was attempting a lattice crust and the dough was not cooperating, I basically salvaged what I could by cutting the dough into squares and lining the sides, then used some of the strips that didn't fall apart on the top. The strips that fell apart were shredded into little pieces and put on the top of the pie. I kind of like the way it came out.
I can honestly say that I am going to make some more pies in the upcoming months so I can perfect the pie crust thing.
Last month I bought a bag of mixed blueberries. blackberries and raspberries that I had intended to use in smoothies. However the berries were so painfully tart that there was no way to use them without having to sugar down the smoothie, so the bag has been sitting in the freezer. I really hate the thought of not using these berries, so when I found a cookbook at the thrift store that was full of old style recipes from a restaurant in Ohio, I bought it with the hopes of using the pie crust recipe and the pie filling recipes. This book also has recipes for all kinds of stuff like homemade noodles, breads, etc. Lots of home cooking! I am REALLY glad I picked this up! The berry filling was great. There wasn't an overload of sugar in the recipe so my pie filling tastes sweet, but there is still a little tang from the tart berries.
I have to say, I'm pretty darn happy I was able to use up the berries and not waste them and the results were pretty great for my first pie!