And don't get me wrong I do love a date night too on a Friday night. But...after working from 10:30 p.m. last night until 8:30 this morning ~ I needed some catch up sleep today and after I got some shut eye...I worked on some pies for a fund raiser for Isabella's school program tomorrow.
And I'm just gonna say...pies have always intimidated me. For like 15 years. I've been buying pie crusts for years now from a bakery. But some time back I tasted my sister-in-laws pie and loved the crust. It has good texture & flavor and holds together so nicely!! And VERY easy to make & it turns out great!! Thanks to Arlene for this!
Here's the recipe:
Makes 3 crusts:
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup shortening
Mix together with pastry cutter
1 egg beaten
1 tsp. vinegar
1/3 cup cold water
Mix together in separate bowl and then stir into flour mixture with spoon. Just until combined.
And for me it is partly making the crust and partly knowing how to make the edges not look stupid. Well after watching other people for years ~something finally clicked and I got it. I hope I can encourage you if you don't already make your own crusts.
After rolling out~I leave 1 - 1 1/2 inches overhang of pie crust.
Then you pinch it together to make it stand up straight.
And would you like to know my Aunt's pumpkin pie filling??? Because it is delish! And simple enough...
Here it is.
Fran's Pumpkin Pie
4 eggs beaten
1- (29 oz) pumpkin
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
2 cans evaporated milk (3 cups)
Bake at 425 for 15 min. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 40-50 minutes.
The thing I love best about this recipe is the consistency. And the spices are perfect. Not to heavy~but a great flavor with just a little hint of sweet. Yummy! Can not wait until it get's out of the oven!!!!
Suzy & Jack used the left over dough for cinnamon & sugar pie crust "cookies"~one of the things my mom used to let me do. I hardly take the time to let them create. But I love a laid back night when we can all be doing things we love to do. Livin' the dream folks.
And here is the finished product.....
Would you like to try some?? If you are local...I would like to bring you a piece. How about leaving me a comment telling me your favorite Thanksgiving food & 2 random winners will win a piece of pie. Drawing ends Sunday.
Good luck my little blogger friends.