I love making pie. It hasn’t always been that way. I didn’t grow up with a mom that made pie from scratch. Yes, she bought a pie crust. Yes, she bought pie filling in can…but she didn’t make pie filling from scratch. How to make it was a big mystery to me. I spent years thinking it was too hard to learn and years thinking there was some mystery to it.
I finally decided to just try…and then I spent years perfecting it.
Anytime I went to the thrift store or a kitchen gadget store I bought stuff wanting to perfect my pies. What I learned is that pie making is more practice than anything else.
Years ago I stumbled onto this newspaper clipping from The Iowa Farmer today. It says it’s for rhubarb pie…but you can sub in any type of fruit. It will be good no matter what you put in it.
I often mix ingredients so it will be half strawberries and half blueberries. Any fruits you want…including apples work in this.
I told you that Kalissa and I went to the Amish and bought a case of peaches…so you guessed it. I was making peach pie.
I am making two pies. I think I’m keeping one here and gifting the other. So what you see below is the filling for two pies.
Next up…it’s time to make the crust.
I use a recipe from this old book. It was published long before Youtube and the internet.
I bought it at the thrift store long ago. You can see by the mess on the page that it’s my go-to.
The book has step-by-step instructions and that was so valuable to me. I’d not been around to see anyone make a pie so I didn’t know how to do it. These instructions were just what I needed and that is why this became my go-to recipe.
Pie-making can be a little messy but not bad.
Here are my pies ready for tops. I have never dived into making lattice tops. I probably should try that sometime.
I’m typically a double crust girl. I think much of that is from having to feed so many. Who had time to dabble in something artistic like a lattice top when they were all going to just gulp it down anyway?
Here are my pies ready for the oven. I don’t know what it is about making pie but it always makes me feel so accomplished.
I think I romanticize pie making…
I was a busy baker…two pies AND a zucchini peach cake. The cake recipe can be found HERE. It is a family favorite. We all love it. The original recipe calls for blueberries but I sub in any kind of fruit. Our favorites are raspberries and peaches.
I need to invert and frost the cake…
I like to “paint” milk on the crusts and sprinkle sugar over the top. SO GOOD!!
I decided to time myself when I made the pies and the cake. Prep time for it all was only 30 minutes…and most of that time was cutting up the fresh peaches.
Why oh why don’t I make pie more often. I really should. Honestly, what I really should do is learn to make some fancier pies. I’ve never ventured into cream pie making…oh, I should do that!! I guess next time I sit down to cross stitch, I’m going to watch some pie-making videos.
I can’t wait for them to cool off. We are going to be eating some pie!!