Thursday, September 8, 2011

First Day of School

Ryan began 3rd grade yesterday. Brenna began 1st and it was Shaela's very first day of kindergarten.
These photos from Jill warmed my heart!
 Up and dressed even before mom awoke!
 Shae, Brenna & Ryan all ready
 A rainy day didn't dampen the excitement of the first day of school
 off they go....
no looking back or apprehension... Shaela has been looking forward to school for a long time!
How much better to get wisdom than gold,
   to get insight rather than silver!
Proverbs 16:16

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fresh Peach Pie and Pastry Crust Recipe

John couldn't let summer slip by without one of our (his) favorite pies.
He brought home some beautiful peaches (and vanilla ice-cream) and I enjoyed baking and puttering in the kitchen as he watched and kept me company.
Fresh Peach Pie
This recipe is excellent. Made it many times through the years.
From my
Betty Crocker's Cookbook
I received as a bridal shower gift
(copyright 1969, Twenty-third Printing 1974, recipe page 325)

9-inch Pie:
Pastry for 9-inch Two-crust pie (recipe follows)
5 cup sliced peaches (about 9 medium) I blanch the peaches for a few minutes so they are easy to peel.
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbs. butter

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pastry. Mix peaches and lemon juice. Stir together sugar, flour and cinnamon; mix with peaches. Turn into pastry lined pan; dot with butter. Cover wit top crust which has slits in it; seal and flute. Cover edge with foil to prevent excessive browning; remove foil last 15 minutes of baking.

Bake pie 40-45 minutes or until crust is brown and juices begin to bubble through slits in crust.

10-inch Pie:
As above but Increase:
peaches to 6 cups (about 11)
sugar to 1 1/4 cups
flour to 1/3
Butter to 3 Tbs.

Standard Pastry (Pie Crust)
Also from my Betty Crocker's Cookbook recipe page 316)

Tender, flaky pastry will encase every pie, if this basic recipe is followed precisely.

8- OR 9-INCH ONE-crust pie
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 plus 1 tablespoon shortening
2 to 3 Tablespoons cold water

10-inch ONE crust pie

1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
3 to 4 Tablespoons cold water

8- or 9- inch TWO crust pie

2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2/3 plus 2 tablespoons shortening
4 to 5 Tablespoons cold water

10-inch TWO Crust Pie

2 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup shortening
7 to 8 Tablespoons cold water

Measure flour and salt into bowl. Cut in shortening thoroughly. Sprinkle in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing until all flour is moistened and dough almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 tsp. of water can be added if needed).
Gather dough into ball, shape into flattened round on lightly floured cloth-covered board. (For two-crust pie, divide dough in half and shape into 2 flattened rounds.) With floured stockinet-covered rolling pin, roll dough 2 inches larger than inverted pie pan. Fold pastry into quarters, unfold and ease into pan.
For one-crust pie: Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pan. Fold and roll pastry under, even with pan; flute. Fill and bake as directed in recipe.
For baked pie shell: Prick bottom and side thoroughly with fork. Bake at 475 for 8 to 10 minutes.
For two-crust pie: Turn desired filling into pastry-lined pie pan. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1/2 inch from rim of pan. Roll second round of dough. Fold into quarters; cut slits so steam can escape. Place over filing and unfold. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pan. Fold and roll top edge under lower edge, pressing on rim of seal; flute. Cover edge with 2- to 3-inch strip of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning; remove foil last 15 minutes of baking. Bake as directed in recipe.
Note: if possible, hook fluted edge over edge of pie pan to prevent shrinking and help keep shape.
and I could add, John is the ice-cream on my peach pie :)
Images from my Pinterest board

linking to Simple Pleasures @Dayle's A Collection of This and That
Foodie Friday @Designs by Gollum

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

 a little mellow
a little out of focus
 a little blurry
 a little contemplative
a little thoughtful
 a little waiting 
a little sad


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