entirely heartfelt, this super keen blogger has never been one (in the two whole weeks that this blog's been in existence) to ignore the requests of a reader.
I learned to make pie crust three years ago from the lovely Karen Gatewood. A native of Americus, Georgia, Karen is mother of our dear friend Tee. Even as she was far away from home while visiting her son and his family in Scotland, Karen demonstrated her classic southern hospitality by kindly schooling me and a couple of other friends the art of pie making. She's a great teacher who de-mystified pastry and her recipe's delicious. I'll be making one this weekend.
Karen Gatewood's Apple Pie
4 tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix dry ingredients with sliced apples.
Crust (enough for 3 crusts - two bottoms and one top):
1 tsp salt
1c and 2 tbsp shortening (or butter/Cookeen in the UK)
Cut the above ingredients together. Add 1/2c ice water (to sight) and mix with wooden spoon into a ball (don't over blend!) Flour foil or wax paper. Split dough into three and roll onto wax paper until 1/8 inch thick. Put pie plate over the rolled out pastry, flip and fit to pan. Fill with apple filling and repeat rolling process for top crust. Fold and flute edges using a pinch and twist motion. Poke holes in top crust and sprinkle with white sugar. Bake at 425F for 10 minutes and then at 350F for 40 minutes. Lovely.
While you're making your pie you might want to give Paolo Nutini a listen. He's an up and coming Scotsman (Paolo sounds Scottish no?) Since today's pay day (woo hoo!) I'm going to celebrate by buying his cd tomorrow.