Saturday, August 04, 2007

The secret to making pie

SSsshhhh. There's a secret to great pie making. And I learned it thanks to this awesome woman. I've been lurking around over on her blog for awhile, and yesterday tried out the pie recipe. Peeps, this is the one. Cube the butter and freeze it. Ingenious! It was beautiful, and tasty. And with summer peaches in their prime, wow. Super props to Shuna Fish Lydon for sharing her talents in the kitchen and in her blog: it's a beautiful place to lurk around.

Here's how it all went down...
Cube and freeze that unsalted butter...
butter
Drop it in the mixer with the dry ingredients, one piece at a time until it forms pea sized bits. Then add tiny bits of icy water until it starts to come together
making pie crust
Revel in the beauty of local fresh peaches...
peach pies in the making
Get a little artisic. Perhaps a flower?
peach pie with flair
And the other pie? Mark it with an A. For AdRi of course!
peach pie marked with an A
Do I have finished pie photos? Of course not. In the flurry of the family BBQ and party, the pie was cut and gone before I could get a camera on them. But you get the picture, right? And you'll just have to wait for photos of the carne asada and homemade tortillas with pico de gallo. Because those are comin' next.

Props to Shuna for her pie technique and secrets.

9 comments:

Patti_Cake said...

Mmm it looks and sounds heavenly. Did you know South Carolina is actually the peach capital of the US - not Georgia? They grow lots of peaches about 20 minuts from me in a little place called McBee,SC and they make the yummiest Peach tortillas - yum! I get them warm with vanilla bean ice cream on them.

Melissa said...

those look amazing!
i love when this happens...i just started reading shuna's blog recently, so naturally i'm obsessed. and I've been peeking around your journal for a while too. imagine my surprise when two of my favorite bloggers are united in internet-y pie land!

and now i really want to bake a pie. the sauvie island berries in my fridge beg for it!

Rozanne said...

I knew it was possible to make a good pie crust with butter, I've just never been able to do it. I guess I'll need to try the freezer method.

It would be so nice to not have to use (urg!!!) Crisco!

The pie filling is beauteous!

Matt Davis said...

D'Oh! I wish I'd seen this on Saturday morning, before spending time messing up the pastry for a peach pie! Freezing the butter is the best tip. I was using my hot hands to do the mixing.

Cobbler worked out okay though...

CrackerLilo said...

Those look good!

I like butter for a pie crust, and a lot of people think that's odd, but it works really well. It was good of her to document her technique. Recipes are one thing I can't write.

SassyFemme said...

OMG, that looks amazing.

But back to the homemade tortillas, you make them? Please share a recipe! We haven't had decent ones since we left TX!

shuna fish lydon said...

Thanks for the good words and the link! I am utterly happy to have made pie baking that much more delicious and easy for anyone who want to try out yet another pie dough recipe!

Kami said...

Uh, you need to send me one of those, please. LOOKS GREAT!

Matt in Overlook said...

THANK YOU! That recipe for pie do was wonderful! Just another example of why your blog is go great!