Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Owning Up To My Shortcomings

They say that confession is good for the soul.  Without beating around the bush, I'll come right out with my revelation.  I cannot make a pie crust.  There!  Can I bake a cherry pie?  Yes, quicker than a......well, you know.  The crust that holds it together needs to be pre-made, pre-frozen, pre-anything other than put together by me.  I have been given fool-proof recipes from amazing pie makers.  I have everything one would need to make a perfect crust.  That includes several types of rolling pins.

My confession is leading to my daughter-in-love's post today.  One day for lunch in New Bedford, she prepared an absolutely delicious butternut squash quiche for us.  The crust was so good.  And, lucky girl, she could approach that pie crust without fear of having to live up to her mother-in-law's reputation as a pie crust maker.


I snapped this photo while we were at lunch in Newport.  Little did I know that I'd probably captured "the thermos".  To check out the thermos reference and the piecrust, check in with "Fancy" today.


34 comments:

  1. You are not alone in your pie crust pickle! I too, am relegated to picking up the frozen one at my grocery store. Still tastes pretty darn good...but I'm sure the real thing is better :)

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  2. I have never been able to make pastry!

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  3. I used to always my own crust. But now, it is just too easy to buy the Pillsbury brand and fool em'!

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  4. I can follow a recipe and it still taste like hard crusty soap... I gave up long long time ago and use the frozen one in the stores.

    But that is not to say I wont try again.

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  5. The frozen crusts keep getting better and better. I still make my own but have no reservations about using the store bought ones when harried. These days folks seem to eat around the crust anyway. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  6. I never can understand why people are so afraid to make pie crusts? I too use the recipe that your daughter-in-law uses, and it is always easy and no fail! I use the food processor to make mine, and it takes seconds. I have been making pie crusts since college days, where I did the old two knife method. I never liked that, and had a few cracks, but it was always so fun to do.
    I must have gotten the pie gene from my grandmother, as she use to make three a week for my granddad.
    conquer the fear and do the food processor method.

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  7. I did twitch my nose and visited The Recipe For The Perfect Crust. have you tried it yet? looks easy and good. my mother could cook anything and everything, but there were three things she could not cook, her biscuits were bricks, her pie crust tough and her fudge we had to eat with a spoon. thanks for the memories

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  8. I make pie crust from time to time but the store bought ones are pretty darn good and you can dress them up any way you like.
    Your DIL did a fantastic job though. It turned out beautifully!!

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  9. the hardest part is rolling it out, it doesnt need to be perfect. You can barely tell once it is baked anyways.

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  10. I have never tried making one, because i don't care to, it's too much trouble, and i know i would fail. there are perfectly good ones in the supermarket!! You only have to open and bake. Well, I do see a thermos there, at least you won't need it if you try a crust!

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  11. I do make my own pie crust, using butter instead of shortening. I mix it in the food processor instead of using that pastry cutter thing...much simpler.

    However, I'm sure you make many other things from scratch that I don't, so here's to doing what works for each of us.

    Hope you're having a wonderful day.

    Love,
    Patti

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  12. Bonnie, I find the piecrust situation a little hard to believe. I think you are being way too critical of your attempts! Your DIL's butternut squash quiche sounds wonderful! I can see one of the reasons why she is a daughter-in-love! That is a blessing on both sides!! ;)

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  13. Well, do you feel better now?
    I make a lovely crust because as you know, I"m a baker and not the cook but I do, if I say so myself :)
    But then again, for you, that's what Pillsbury is for!

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  14. Guess what...I can make a decent pie crust, but I never do anymore. The ones from the grocery store that you unroll taste just as good to me and a lot less work!
    Best,
    Susan

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  15. Hmm, love the thermos---has such a comforting feeling to it. My daughter and her hubby make great crusts! Now that I am gluten free , I don't even try!

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  16. I just read a great post about a substitute crust for quiche on http://www.tasteofbeirut.com/2011/04/prosciutto-quiche-no-crust/

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  17. Funny story aBout the "rolling pin."

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  18. I think we should start a support group. Pie crust is my nemesis. :)

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  19. I never learned to make a good crust either---so I gave up and always buy mine... My sweet Mama (bless her soul) was a fabulous cook--and she made the BEST pie crust I have EVER eaten... Wish I had have had some of her talent...
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  20. I am pastry challenged as well, but I'm also challenged in some other cooking areas. But I love to read blogs of people who cook and cook well which you do!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  21. Check out the pie crust on her blog- it looks so good and I can't wait to try it! I too admit am a frozen pillsbury pie crust girl. i just think it takes so much time to make it yourself but your right- the end result is always better!

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  22. I am quite afraid of pie crust as well. I've attempted it a few times...and they've been OKAY but never that ideal that I'm striving for. At least you can just go over to your daughter-in-love's place and have her make you one whenever you get a craving!

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  23. I must admit, I've never used a thermos!
    It's never the making that's the problem....food processors have made that no-fail. It's the rolling out. I do it between wax papers now and have fewer problems.

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  24. I am hopeless at crust. Luckily, I don't like pie. But quiche is heaven.

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  25. You know that's one of my biggest challenges. I have learned to chill it all including the rolling pin. I haven't tried one on my new granite (as you told me once, it would roll one out nicely) for I have not succombed to but chosen to use some already made crusts from the cooler section of the grocery. I will admit I make quiches and tarts much more readily now. I've finally "let myself" do this-- a milestone for this "from scratch" kinda cook! I enjoy your DIL's blog!

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  26. Of course I went to check her outshe is good and I love the name daughter in love. You have to try this recipe; I have been making my pie crust this way since I got may first food processor. Two important secrets; make sure you water is ice cold; I put ice cube in it and as soon as to starts to cling take it out. then you can made a ball. Mr Pillsbury also helps me out when I just don't have the time or energy.
    Rita

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  27. I have to confess, I'm a pie-crust snob and about 99% of the time I make my own . . . it just takes practice!

    Every year my family has a "pie-day" the day before Thanksgiving, it's where my Aunt taught us all to make pies, we have a blast!

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  28. Smile. I need to put a pie crust tutorial up on my blog. It is my FAVORITE thing to make. But it did take a while to get it down. Thank you for sharing your shortcomings...you inspire me even more, and I'm glad to know you. I hope you have a blessed day tomorrow. Much love and hugs from Austin!

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  29. First off...you are such a wonderful MIL. I too found myself a great guy with a fabulous Mom. Hence, aren't we blessed?

    Pie crusts...don't feel too bad Bonnie. I may have one worse than you. Not only don't I know how to make one...I've never tried to make one! I guess, I've been somewhat of a coward...sigh.
    I've made shells so many other ways that I truly didn't give it too much worry.

    Alright then...both our confessions are out of the way...let's go celebrate with a piece of your DIL's pie ;o)

    Have a lovely weeks' end.
    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  30. I have been reading lately that pies are the new cupcakes this year and that has me worried since I can't make piecrust for the life of me.

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  31. It took me a long time to get a great pie crust - my secret is that I shred the butter and keep it in my freezer until the last possible second.

    Tender, flaky every time! I'll check hers out! :D

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  32. I hated making pie crust until my friend gave me a food proof recipe using Crisco! It's indestructible and always tastes wonderful. (Not that I make pie that often).

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  33. Since we are having true confessions...I too, have never attempted and have always shied away from a making my own pie crust. I buy pre-made too.

    Cheers.
    Velva

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  34. Impressive that your daughter-in-law could roll out a pie crust with a thermos! The pie crust thing is so time consuming and I'm convinced a process that is best for people who have a lot of patience, and live in colder climates. Fortunately, these crusts can be mixed, and stored in the freezer for months. Maybe a lovely and generous daughter-in-law will help supply some good pie dough. :)

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