Growing up, my family was never huge on nightly dessert. Yes, Ice cream was always an option, and there was always a yummy dessert on the table for every special occasion and holiday, but it was never a nightly thing for us.
Pies are definitely my favourite dessert. They can be so simple, but so elegant at the same time. Sweet… Savory… Healthy… Not so healthy!… Dessert… Main course… Breakfast… The options are limitless! I was always amazed at people who could bake them. I can remember my mom asking my grandmother to teach her how to bake pies. They spent a fall Saturday afternoon mixing pastry, slicing apples, and cutting my grandmothers signature wheat design into the crust. It seemed like 40 pies came out of the oven that day. One of my favourite memories of a day at Grandma’s. For some reason, from that moment forward I always thought that pies were a big deal… Not something that could be made up an hour before dinner, just because.
After marrying into the Blair family, I quickly learned that dessert was just as important (and as good!) as the Entree course! Scott’s mom would whip up a cheesecake… a trifle… a cake… a dozen cinnamon buns… like it wasn’t a big deal. It would always come out of the oven just in time to fill the empty void in our almost full tummies after every dinner. This always amazed me! I married a secret baker. Scott worked as a summer student in a local bakery for many years. I never thought I would say this, but Scott’s pie rivals that of my grandmothers. Scott doesn’t use a recipe, the palm of his hand serves as the measuring cup and this eyes are the timer. Every time his pies are perfection. From the day I married him, I swore I would never learn how to bake… I could just rely on him. But then came that day that we had to make pies for a family event and Scott had to work. Scott’s mom and youngest sister Kara taught Hilary (Scott’s middke sister!) and I how it was done… It is no where near as hard as I once thought, and it a very gratifying thing seeing your masterpiece come out of the oven. That, and the look on the husbands face when he sees what he gets to devour is priceless!
I’m really enjoying baking these days, so I am going to try to make as many different pies as I can. There are hundreds of options out there. Maybe I will make one a week… maybe multiple a week… maybe I’ll take a few weeks off. I’m not promising any regular schedule right now, and I’m definitely not going to eat them all so keep an eye on your doorstep friends!!
Pie Crust Ingredients and Recipe
VERY USEFUL TIP: To prevent over-browning, cover pie loosely with tent of foil after 40 minutes. You pie will only brown if uncovered!
Olive says “Apples… This is a healthy pie, right Ma?”