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Perfect Pies

This is a video I made several years ago - bc (before children).  This one is about making cherry pie.  My favorite kind of pie, sooo yummy! 
This video shows me making my own crust but lately I find I don't have that much time so I have  been buying pre-made refrigerated pie crust (such as pillsbury)  and it works just as well! 


Pie Crust
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp shortening 

  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix with fork
  2. Add cold water (up to 5 Tbsp), mix until loosely combined
  3. Form into a ball with hands
  4. Spank to combine
  5. Flatten and form into crust
Makes 2 crusts

Cherry pie
(I started out with the Better Homes and Gardens Recipe but with a few changes and modifications.)
I've got it down to a sciences now

2 pie crusts (one for top, one for bottom)
1 package thawed tart red cherries
¾ cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
½ tsp almond ext.
2 Tbsp butter (for dotting)
  1. preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Combine sugar, cherries, flour, and almond in a bowl
  3. Pour into bottom pie crust
  4. Dot with butter
  5. Add top crust
  6. Bake 35 min

Peach Pie
2 pie crusts
1-2 packages thawed peach slices
2/3 cup sugar
2-3 Tbsp flour
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Combine sugar, peaches, flour and spices in a bowl
  3. Pour into bottom crust
  4. Dot with butter
  5. Add top crust
  6. Bake 40-50 min

Apple Pie
2 pie crusts
6 granny smith apples (peeled, cored & thinly sliced)
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Combine sugar, apples, flour and spices in a bowl
  3. Pour into bottom crust
  4. Dot with butter
  5. Add top crust
  6. Bake 40-50 min

Pie Tips
**Cut a few slits in the crust (in an ascetically pleasing pattern) to allow air to escape while baking
**Brush the top crust with milk and sprinkle with sugar before baking.  This gives your crust a sheen and a light crispiness. 
**Bake with a crust cover (make one our of foil if you don't have one) for the first 35min then remove for the last 10-15.  This keeps the crust from getting burnt. 


**Combine crust scraps and roll out on a baking sheet. Spread with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake at same temp as whatever pie you are making for 10-15 min. Cut into pieces and enjoy as a snack while you wait for the pie to bake. ;0)





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