Sunday, July 5, 2009

Pies to End A Nice Long Weekend...

Well I'm at it again. I can't stop making these mini pies! Lol! This time, however, I made my own crust from scratch. To be more specific, the recipe came from the book my sis got me for my birthday, The Farmer's Wife Baking Cookbook! The pie dough is a very basic pie dough but still very yummy!







Crusts baked...

Okay, I did cheat with the pie filling. This is simply your instant chocolate pudding filling that you add milk to and whisk! I'm so impatient! Lol! I can't be stirring hot chocolate pudding over a hot stove in 90 degree weather! Could you? So yes, I cheated but the end result was still the same...CHOCOLATE!



Pie Crust (Plain pastry) (courtesy of Farmer's Wife Cookbook)

1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. sifted flour
1/2 c. butter/lard
3 or 4 tbsp. ice cold water

Add salt to flour and cut in shortening with a dough blender, sharp-tined fork, or finger tips, until pieces are size of small peas. Add a little water at a time, mixing with a fork lightly until it can be shaped into a ball. Divide dough and roll out 1 crust at a time. Avoid over handling the dough either in mixing it or in rolling out the crust. Work quickly, especially in warm weather so that fat doesn't melt. To bake single crusts, lay in pie tine quite loosely and prick well over bottom or fit over the bottom of an inverted tin. Bake in a hot oven at 450 degrees about 15-18 minutes (check periodically...until edges are browned).

Also! If you haven't already noticed I have a new background to add to my library of backgrounds! I won this from my wonderful friend (and personal graphic artist) Marzel from The Play of Light and Shadow. She is oh so talented so if you ever want a personal background, just ask her...and her rates are so reasonable! Thanks, Marzel!!

Hope you all had a nice weekend! I did!

20 comments:

Amy J said...

Michelle - those look great! You have me craving chocolate-peanut butter pie. I'm horrible at making crust, but will have to give it a try. Shame I can't click on your photo and it would appear next to my keyboard. Wishful thinking :-)

dustjacket attic said...

They look just great! I love your pinup, she's the best and music was fab. xxxx

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Your mini pies look so delish! Yummm! ☺ Diane

LandGirlontheHomeFront said...

Yummy yum yum!!!!

soulchocolate@hotmail.com said...

Michelle, congratulations on your successful pie bake, looks great I'm sure it tastes fantastic too!

Angie said...

The mini-pies look great. I'm so jealous of people who can make cute pie crust. I make the ugliest pie crust you'll ever see.

Anya said...

Its looks great,
its the tast also good ..... LOL

purss to all
Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :)

Tracey said...

First, I'm so jealous you can make a pie crust. I can't for the life of me. I cheat and use a pillsbury crust, unroll and bake! I love your background and I plan on taking the "what kind of horse" test. Have a great day and enjoy the sun and heat. Wish I was there!

Maggi said...

Hey, chocolate is chocolate regardless of how you got there! lol They look so good!

Kathleen said...

God love you MIchelle, you can make pie crust! I can't, and neither can Tracey. It's the rolling, I can't seem to get right. I've given up, and now buy my crust all made at the supermarket. Cherry is my favorite! Hugs, Kathleen

Zaroga said...

Looks yummy. Yeah, I don't do much pie crust baking in the summer. The shortening gets very soft.

You take such wonderful photos of food.

Randi Troxell said...

what delish looking pies!! and i love your new background!!!!

City Girl said...

These look SO lovely :)

Hisako Hill said...

Yummmm!! Look delicious!!

Mom:)

OceanDreams said...

Boy oh boy that pie looks so good! It looked out it turned out great and I bet it was so yummy!

the ungourmet said...

This new background is so darling! I am just coo-coo for checks, especially red and white! It looks perfect!

So are this chocolate pies. I would love the try them!

TeresaR said...

Chocolate is chocolate...there's no such thing as cheating! LOL! Looks wonderful, as does your background!

Will be on vacation for a while; looking forwarding to getting back to your blog in late July. xo

Tea Time With Melody said...

Oh Michelle you are killing me. My daughter and I are officially using this last three months to kick the sweets and toneup for the wedding. It's going to take a lot of willpower to visit here lolol

fiberdoodles said...

Oh that looks so yummie! Your a brave girl to bake in 90 degree weather ;)

Sharon

Neabear said...

Another yummy idea! Hey girl, you keep giving me these ideas and I can't keep up with them. Oh well, it is fun drooling over them on your posts. Did you change your background back? I don't see the new one.