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Since last Friday's column, when I mentioned the pie baking class that I taught to homeschoolers, my email box has been pleasantly flooded:
"I just celebrated my 25th year of marriage. The only thing I can't make is a decent pie crust."--Cindy Caines
"When can I sign up for your pie crust class? I've been working on that special art for over 50 years and I still can't do it!"--Ada Duncan
And meet Bill Hood, whose mother taught him the important things in life:
"Suzanne, I learned from my mother to make pies 'from scratch'. Her crust contained cold milk, not water. I have been making them that way for more years than I want to admit, and always get an 'atta boy!' with my pies. I also learned to sew and knit from my mother, who thought boys should know some of these things. She said they make better husbands."
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Truthfully, I think pie crust success has a lot to do with trial and error and being willing to throw out the dough if it isn't working. For years, I struggled when I tried to make a pie crust. The mixing part went okay, but when the dough was sitting in front of me and I started rolling it--what a disaster. When my husband would hear moaning, groaning, and a few choice words under my breath, he'd yell into the kitchen, "Trying to make a pie crust again, dear?"
I was tired of defeat and I finally had a pie crust showdown. I decided that my problem was that the dough, sitting on the floured board in front of me, sensed that I was petrified. It knew it had the upper hand, right from the start, and so it wasn't gonna roll over easy.
So I did a little Zen, pre-rolling pie crust meditation, and then I became a pie crust warrior. "I am woman, I am not afraid of pie crust dough!" And I let that pie dough know that if it didn't cooperate, no problem, I was going to throw it in the trash and keep going until I won the war. And I did.
I've posted three of my recipes, and the pie crust recipe that Bill Hood's mother taught him, go to:
When you win the pie crust war, email me a photo of you and your pie crust. I'd love to share some photos with readers.
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