Pie is a BIG deal in my family and coincidentally, my husbands family, too. For as long as I can remember, my dad always requested cherry pie for his birthday instead of cake; I think my brothers did, too. After I got married, I found out Bill loves pie, too. In fact, when we get together to celebrate any birthday for his dad or any of his uncle's, we always have pie. To prove how big of a deal pie is at our house, a few years ago we hosted Thanksgiving dinner at our house and ended up with 9 pies for 7 adults (and kids, who don't each much pie. :) ) We like our pie!
|This was for Bill's birthday, thus the "B" on top. :)|
Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I already have my pie crusts in the freezer, I thought I'd share a couple recipes with you. First of all, my mom's Fool Proof Pie Crust. This recipe is awesome! I've never had it come out tough, only tender and flaky.
2 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. white or cider vinegar
1/2 c. water. 1 egg
The next recipe, Huckleberry Pie Filling, came from my husband's Aunt Janie. For those of you who don't know what huckleberries are, they're a cousin to the blueberry, but smaller and more tart. They only grow up in the mountains and are a hot commodity. Seriously, people around here will go to their death beds without revealing their secret huckleberry spot. The berries are only in season for a couple of weeks at the end of July, usually, and it's back breaking work to spend hours hunched over a bush picking the little things. Then you bring them home, freeze them, and treat them like gold, only to be used for the specialist of occasions. :) Huckleberries pie is a favorite in Bill's family, so I was thrilled when his aunt shared this recipe with me. This same basic recipe works for about any kind of berries, too.
3 Tbsp. tapioca 1 c. sugar
After baking, let cool before serving. This lets the pie filling set up so it doesn’t all run out when you cut it.
If you've never baked a pie, try it! I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have about it, too. I really think the secret is a lot of practice, so don't give up if it doesn't turn out perfect the first time. Mine still aren't the prettiest every time, but at least they taste good.
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