Thursday, January 22, 2009

Apples and an Amazing Pie Crust

So, if you are like me, you might still have apples (from the tree) and carrots galore in your fridge or cold storage. My apples are begging to be used - they aren't holding up as well this year as other years.

I decided to make an apple pie a few weeks ago with my apples (and forgot to take a picture so enjoy the one posted ;). I am not a pie maker, normally. I usually make an apple crisp or someway to eat the filling and avoid the crust. I've never been good at making crusts. They just haven't worked out for me.... until.... (yup, there is a happy ending) I tried my grandma's recipe for an egg yolk crust.

The crust was easy to work with and it baked beautifully.

Do you know the real secret to a successful pie crust? Very few people actually know this secret - ready? You must have a pastry cloth and a pastry cover for your rolling pin. Doing it any other way... well... just doesn't work near as nicely. And once you use one, I dare say, you may never go back to your old ways.

Would you like the recipe so your apples can finally be used, too? (you can also use that wonderful apple pie filling you bottled this last canning season, or create whatever pie you would like - this is a very versatile crust. It is not only for apple pies.)

p.s. Credit goes to my grandma for this recipe

Pie Crust for Big Pies
(Egg Yolk Pastry)

5 cups flour
4 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1-1/2 cup Crisco
2 egg yolks
Cold water

Combine dry ingredients. Cut in Shortening. Beat egg yolks in measuring cup add ice water to make a 1 cup full. Roll out like any pastry. Make enough for deep dish big apple pie or 3 - 9" two crust pies.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Taking Applications

I cannot seem to keep up with blogging these days, so in order to keep up with our faithful readers, I am taking applications for someone to help me blog about food storage - at least twice a week.

If you are interested, we can discuss options on writing and making sure we work well together.

Contact me soon! Positions now available.
Thanks. I'm looking forward to this.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

FREE Bread Class

I have had a few people ask, so I will publicly answer:

Question: Can I (Jamie) do a bread class at your house (meaning: you who are reading this)? Do I travel? Can I do a bread class for church enrichments or preparedness fairs?

Answer: Yes. All are entirely possible. It depends where you live to say if I will travel to your house. Maybe, if you have lots of friends that want to take the class, too, that might entice me to travel farther than normal... (hint, hint)

Question: How do I schedule a free bread making class?

Answer: Just ask. Send me an email or call me. Suggest a few dates that are good for you and we can figure out which days are good for both of us and voila! We have a class. Not hard and I'm pretty easy to work with. (Unless you live really far away and I am supposed to travel to where you are. I might have to wait for better weather! But I always love a good excuse to travel!)

IMPORTANT NOTE: At the class, you will get all of my secrets for making excellent bread as well as a copy of the best recipe for making any kind of whole wheat (including spelt) bread.

Any more questions? =)

p.s. I hope to see you in a class soon...


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