As you might have assumed, after reading about how I paint, I'm not an overly methodical person. I don't use patterns when I sew, I rarely use directions when I assemble, and I certainly don't always rely on recipes when I cook.
This weekend, I decided to delve into pie making. And I use the word delve loosely, because I used Tenderflake frozen pie crusts. Many of the women in my family insist that they're just as good as making them the ol' fashioned way, with a whole lot less fuss. That's what I like my life to be: fuss-free when at all possible.
A close friend was given some rhubarb, which she then gifted to me because she's not a fan ... of rhubarb or baking. With a quick Pinterest search, I came across this recipe to use as a guideline. I really just wanted to know what my sugar ratio should be, because rhubarb is one sour mistress.
Then I had to decide whether this would be a one-crust or two-crust wonder. I was impressed to find on the package (which contains two frozen crusts) that you can dampen the edges and put them together to create a covered pie. In the end though, I had an overflow of filling, so I opted to make two.
Enter my Mum, who conveniently called on Skype (to talk to Jacob, of course, not me, but alas he was napping) at the moment I was thinking this over. She suggested putting crumble on the tops. Perfect solution. I used my go-to, Mollie Katzen crisp topping recipe, which is intended to cover a 9X13 pan full of apples. So, after I'd topped both pies, I had enough left over to do something else. Hmmm ...
Not wanting it to go to waste, I dug around in the freezer and found a half bag of mixed berries. To give them a little extra omph, I cored, peeled and chunked a large apple. I mixed it all with about a half cup of white sugar, tossed it into a small casserole dish and topped it with the remaining crumble. Ta da! Dessert, dessert and MORE dessert!
So, my let’s-make-a-pie adventure turned into two pies and a crisp. And that pie, with all it’s frozen crust glory is beyond delicious, if I do say so myself. Mark my words, I will never make a pie crust from scratch.
So that leads me to another question … want to come over for dessert? And bring some vanilla ice cream, too, would you please?