Potluck dinners at church always ended with a bonanza of home-baked pies...and the church kitchen was equipped with a pie cupboard to store the pies as they arrived. Then came the day when a few of the pies had supermarket labels attached...a dead giveaway that they were not homemade. Gasp! And I'm sure it has been well over a decade since we have had pie for dessert at any church funnction. Over the years...pie making seems to have become a lost skill...and pies have disappeared from restaurant menus as well. That leaves very few restaurants that my dad will frequent...since no dinner out would be complete without pie!
In my kitchen...we are still serving up pie. How well I remember the first pie I ever baked! First I picked the cherries from a wild cherry tree on our farm...then I proceeded to mix pastry...and roll. I'm afraid the whole process took so long, that the pie was not ready for the intended meal...but it eventually it was completed. Since that time I have found a few tricks to simplify pie-making.
When I make pastry...I make enough for many pies.
I divide the pastry into portions required for one pie crust...and form them into disks. They are stacked with parchment paper between...and stored in the freezer ready at a moment's notice. There's not much effort required to make a fruit pie...if the pastry is ready to go. (And, with a microwave to help with the defrosting...it's always ready.)
Last year I picked up the Farm Chick's cookbook...and loved their idea of baking mini-pies. After a long search for the wee pie plates...I found what I was after in a kitchen shop across the line.
So I have been baking up mini-pies this winter...bumbleberry for the most part. One pie serves one...or two, if you feel like sharing. The minis are the pie version of cupcakes!
All that to say...I'm baking pie today. It's rhubarb season...and if you happen to be coming by for coffee tonight...guess what we are having? (I should mention that we will be having our Bible study lesson before coffee is served!)
And if you are not coming by...why not bake your own? Mom's rhubarb pie recipe can be found right here...and as my daughter recently discovered...pastry can be purchased at the supermarket...all ready to go.
Oh...and if there are bits and pieces of pastry left over...they never go to waste.
Any way you slice it...have a great day!