Monday, August 11, 2014


On a recent Saturday morning we went to the farmer's market.  There are all sorts of stands, from vegetables, to fruit, to jams, to baking, to clothes and soaps.  After looking at all of the pies, the DH was debating on whether to buy a pie.  My inside voice was saying, geez, I can make a pie so I spoke up and volunteered to make one.  The DH wanted a strawberry pie and since we had strawberries in the fridge, this was a done deal.  In making the pie filling, I used 3 tablespoons of minute tapioca and I could have used 2 tablespoons since the berries were not overly juicy.  If the berries are juicy, then use 3 tablespoons.   I also like to use a deep pie dish.  The pie was delicious and the DH ate almost half the pie.  He also said that my pie was better than any of the pies he saw at the farmer's market.


Pie Crust
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon white sugar or splenda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup vegetable shortening
1/3 cup cold water
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening  until mixture resembles coarse meal.

In a separate bowl, whisk together water, egg yolk, vanilla extract, and vinegar. 
Stir into flour mixture and knead dough briefly, just until smooth.  Divide the dough into two
and wrap each piece in plastic wrap. Place in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes before rolling
out.  Pastry is easier to work with when chilled.  It can also be stored in refrigerator for up
to one week.

Makes two crusts.

Crust adapted from

Pie Filling

4 heaping cups of hulled, chopped or thinly sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar or splenda
2 tbsp minute tapioca
1 tsp vanilla

Mix the pie filling in a bowl and add to the pie shell with the rolled out bottom pie crust.  Place the top rolled out pie crust, cut the edges of the crust that hangs over, press down with your fingers or fork all along the rim of the pie plate and then using a fork, make a number of spears into the crust in order to let the steam out.

Bake at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for 30 minutes.

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