27 June 2012

Life of Pie: the Girl Friday Edition

my best friend beth's favorite book is Life of Pi. this has nothing to do with that strange little read. here's why...

start with some fresh picked produce (strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, etc. but apples come a little later)

pick a recipe for a delicious pie crust.
this one is my new fav. it is from a homemade poptart recipe that i tried and loved so it's not your traditional pie crust. i find pie crust to be a little too particular and persnickety {i adore that word} for my baking personality. 

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup melted butter
1 cup plain yogurt

mix the ingredients til they come together to form a nice, not sticky dough. easy to handle. the kids will love to help with this!

use your hands to press into a prepared {well greased} pie dish. put in your fruit that has been tossed with a generous amount of raw sugar and lemon juice. then flour and roll out another portion of the pie crust for the top of the pie. be sure to douse with a little more raw sugar and cinnamon. don't forget to cut a few slits on the top crust so that the pie doesn't explode in your oven.

bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

after the pie has time to cool, whip up some cream-the perfect accompaniment.  

for the whipped cream all you need is some heavy whipping cream, a mixer, a little powder sugar and a smig of vanilla extract. pour in desired amount of each ingredient and turn on your mixer. watch with delight as your liquid turns to foam turns to cream right before your very eyes. you will NEVER buy that crappy store bought stuff again. ever. and i am willing to bet one of boys on that! {well, not really, but still!}

here's a recap: 
share it with your friends. enjoy! and stay cool. xo gf

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