I made a Rhubarb Pie from scratch last night, first time ever! I used Leah Berlinic’s Homemade Pie Crust recipe. She is a GX94 listener from Yorkton. I took a stab at making her homemade tart shells recipe from scratch this season, (which turned out great) and now I’ve tried the pie shell.
I have to say when making the shell, I think I did something wrong. The dough broke apart really easily when I was rolling it out, and my crust turned out pretty thick in the pan. I’m not too sure what I did. But there is definitely a knack to making homemade pie crust. I think I need to bake this sometime with my mom, so she can give me the tips that all you seasoned bakers already know. Plus I had a lot leftover. I could have made two pies with this recipe, but I was scared to keep handling the dough and really have it not work.
Homemade Pie Crust
5 cups flour
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 cups lard (Crisco shortening, or Tenderflake)
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1 cup cold water to make
Measure flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into large bowl. Cut in lard until the size of peas.
Break egg into a measuring cup. Beat with a fork. Add vinegar. Pour enough water in to make 1 cup total.
Pour into flour mixture, stir with fork until liquid is absorbed. Shape into a ball. Roll out on floured surface, cut into sizes needed for shells. Can re-roll dough a few times depending on how much flour you use on the surface.
Brenda Paetsch from LeRoy gave me her Rhubarb Pie recipe. I have a big Rhubarb plant in my backyard and have never had a recipe using Rhubarb until now. I was excited to try it.
1 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp. butter
2 eggs, well beaten
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. milk
dash of salt
3 cups rhubarb, chopped
Mix and add rhubarb. Put in pie shell and bake at 350°F until brown.
Making this, I really had no idea what I was doing. There was a lot of liquid from the Rhubarb, even after I drained it so when I mixed the Rhubarb in with the rest of the ingredients it was runny. Is that right or wrong? It was nice because Nikki White (Evening and Overnight announcer) and Kelsey Liebrecht (Promotions and Marketing Director) were helping me. Neither of them had ever made a homemade Rhubarb pie before either. What a team.
The moral of the story, even with all of my questions and worries last night, my pie tasted GREAT! It really did. It could have been cooked longer but other than that, I say well done me, for my first time.
And … here’s two more stories of amazing women from the list on BuzzFeed called “18 Badass Women You Probably Didn’t Hear About in 2014″.
The American nuns who announced their support for contraception.
The National Coalition of American Nuns said: “We want to make clear that the sin is not a person using birth control. The sin is denying women the right and the means to plan their families.”
The 13-year-old girl who became the youngest climber to scale Mount Everest. Malavath Poorna said: “I come from a very poor family… Climbing the Everest was certainly more difficult than I thought – but my willpower to prove that a tribal girl can do something kept me going.”
Christmas Fun Fact for today … Bing Crosby ‘s ‘White Christmas’ was released in 1942 and is considered to be the best-selling Christmas song of all time!
Word of the day … oxymoron (ahk-sih-MOR-ahn)
: a combination of contradictory or incongruous words; broadly : something (such as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements.
EXAMPLES – “That’s an oxymoron!” said Joanne, when she heard the DJ describe the song as an “instant classic.”