Why I Can

This past weekend is the perfect example of why I can. Last year my daughter got engaged to get married and asked if I would make mama pies for their wedding. She doesn’t care for cake and of course I said sure, no problem. So last summer when the produce was at its peak I started canning pie filling; Apple, Apricot, Peach, Caramelized Pear Ginger, Nectarine, Apricot Blueberry and Nectarine Plum. I have to admit, I was a little overwhelmed thinking of renting a house and making pie crust and cooking it in an oven I’m not familiar with.
One day I bought pie crust as a test and took one bite and said I can not do this to my daughter or her guests. I needed a plan on how I was going to do this. As the wedding got closer I started creating the perfect pie crust that could hold up to me decorating it. It needed to taste good and look good. When I finally felt I had it down I needed to test it to see if I could make it ahead of time and freeze it, thaw them, roll it out, decorate it, and then bake. The test was successful and I was making pie crust and individually wrapping them for the freezer. I also made oatmeal pie crisp tops by putting all the dry ingredients in pint jars then at the rental just adding soft butter and mixing.
The next thing I worried about was the oven at the rental house. Was it in good working order and how can we get 20 pies to the wedding site without having them get damaged in route? Friday morning my mother and I got up and started rolling out the pie crust to decorate, then poured in the pie filling and bake them. The oven was gas and it was very inconsistent which made it a challenge for each pie. We didn’t get all 20 pies done that day. We needed to go to the wedding rehearsal so I got up Saturday at 6:00am and finished the last 5 pies.
Now it was time to get the pies to the wedding site. We carefully placed pies in the trunk of our car and in the back of my parents car and drove slowly to the venue and place the pies in the walk- in cooler. Later that afternoon some friends of the groom helped get pies out to the table where my mother saw one man with ten pies stacked on top of each other. She ran up to him and asked please do not do that as we spent two days making them beautiful. I told her I was happy I didn’t see that, I probably would have had a melt down, possibly kick him in the shin.
The most important thing was my daughter was happy how the pies turned out. The guests would get a piece of pie walk along the table looking to see what pie they wanted next. So I guess it was successful. At the end of the evening we wrapped up what was left and gave it to guests to bring home. This is why I can.

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What’s Up

Hi Everyone,

I’m sorry I haven’t been blogging lately . I have been preoccupied with my daughter’s up coming wedding. It feels like she was proposed to just yesterday but it is almost a year later. How fast time flies. We had her bridal shower here at “ The Farm”. It was wonderful. Her matron of honor did a fabulous job of decorating and setting up fun games for us to play.
My daughter doesn’t like cake that much so she asked if she could have her mom’s pies at the wedding. She sent me some photos of beautiful pies. So I’m sure you know what I have been busy working on. I have canned many pie fillings for the big day; Apple, Peach, Apricot, Nectarine Cherry, Blue Berry Apricot, Plum Apricot, Peach Nectarine and Caramel Ginger Pear. That was the easy part, now to make the perfect pie crust that can be manipulated without being rubbery or tough. We have had a few experimental pies around here. I spent the day making my new pie crust and individually wrapping it to be frozen. The day before the wedding, all that needs to be done is rolling out dough, pour pie filling in and having some fun decorating them.
I wanted to share the recipe with you so you to can have gorgeous pies.

Remember when your fruit tree is loaded, Make Pie Filling
or call All In A Jar to help you.

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Penny’s Decorative Double Pie Crust
3 cups flour
1 stick unsalted butter ( Cold )
1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons coconut oil ( Cold )
1 teaspoon salt
5 to 6 tablespoons ice water or ice cold vodka
1 egg for egg wash
1 tablespoon butter ( for the inside of the pie )

1. Place flour and salt in a food processor with blade, mix
2. Cut butter and coconut oil into cubes, add to the food processor.
3. Pulsate the flour and butter / coconut oil until it becomes crumbs.
4. Slowly add ice cold liquid, a little at a time.
5. As soon as you see it come together as a dough, stop.
6. Do not handle a lot. Make two balls and place on a pie pan then refrigerate for an hour.
7. Get two sheets of parchment paper. Place one of the dough balls on the paper and place the other on top. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough.
8. Peel off the top paper from the dough and pick the paper up that has the dough on it and work it in to the pie pan.
9. Repeat the same process with the other dough ball.
10. Pour pie filling into crust and use the tablespoon of butter to make small dollops of butter on top of the filling.
11. Pull off the top parchment paper. This is the time to do some decorating, ( if you have small cookie cutters use them to decorate and to make vent hole to allow the steam to escape )
12. Brush egg wash on top of pie and sprinkle raw sugar on top.
13. Place pie on cookie sheet to bake at 375.