August 30, 2012

pinterest saved my life.

And I am eternally grateful.

Pie reminds me of summer days spent at my grandparent's cottage. We would come up from a full afternoon of swimming in their lake, dry off and sit out on the deck in the warm sun. My Nana calls for dinner and we would eat a filling dinner of something wonderfully delicious. Of course, we would always have room for her warm, homemade raspberry pie. With ice-cream on top, we would savor every bite. Then we would run around in the dreamy golden light and frolic in the creek. Frolic is like, my new favorite word.

All of that being said, pie scared me. Or I should say, making pie scared me. So this week I decided to conquer my fear. We went berry picking and I searched around Pinterest for the perfect pie crust recipe. I found it.

This recipe is for an apple pie, but honestly you could make any sort of fruit pie with this crust. I did blackberry/raspberry and then apple. Both were amazing.

You start out with the crust. Only 4 ingredients. Pretty great.

Put all of the dry ingredients (flour and sugar) into your food processor and pulse until mixed. The pulse button basically does short spurts of mixing. It's like the heart beat of a food processor. I sometimes do rhythms with the pulse button too! Okay enough.

You then cut the butter into slices and put half of it in the food processor. Pulse it up baby. Wow.

This is the part where my brother started eating flour. I don't recommend it.

Add the rest of the butter and pulse until you have coarse crumbs. And if it helps, turn your head. I'm being totally unprofessional and not rotating this picture. I already uploaded it to Photobucket and the rotation option isn't working. Don't they know I have places to go and people to see?

Slowly pour ice water through the feed tube (little hole in the top of your food processor) as you are pulsing the dough. Don't (doughn't hahaha) worry, it's easier than it sounds. The dough should clump into a ball. If not, add more flour until it looks like above. (For the record, my dough looks yellow because of the butter I used. It usually is whiter.) 

Take a piece of plastic wrap, flour it, and form the dough into a flat disc on the plastic wrap. Wrap it up and put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, you can make the filling and the topping.

I used 9 apples.. and it made too much. I would probably only use 6-7 in the future.

Peel the apples and slice them into little slices (see top left bowl).

Take the rest of your filling ingredients and stir them gently into the apple slices.

Watch your little brother pose for the camera.

After 30 minutes (or more, it doesn't matter), take out the dough and roll it in between two pieces of plastic wrap (or parchment paper if you are like me... and don't have plastic wrap handy).

Butter your pie dish. Make a smiley face. That's mandatory.

Drape your pie crust over and into the pie dish. Don't worry, it isn't this pretty at first. This was after much fixing and patching. I then cut off the excess around the edge of the rim. You don't need that.

When I first read this step I was like, "Um excuse me?" But what you do is line the pie crust with foil and fill it with beans or pie weights. If you are an unprofessional pie maker like me, you can go scrounging around in your pantry for beans. They aren't just for those little "make-rain-sounds" toys anymore! Stick it in the oven (set at 375 degrees) for 15 minutes. Take it out, remove the beans and foil, and put it in for another 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, you can make the topping! Pretty much the best tasting thing ever known to man.

Put everything in your food processor and pulse until mixed. You do a lot of pulsing in this recipe, so you will be a pulsing pro by the end. 

It should look like that. Sugary oat, buttery goodness.

After your second 15 minutes is up (confusing?), take out the crust and pile the apples in and sprinkle the topping on.

Cut strips of foil and put them around on the edges of the crust. This is to prevent it from burning. Bake your pie for 1 hour. My oven usually only takes 45 minutes, so check it every once in a while. When the topping is golden brown, ba da bing, it's complete.

Then, take pictures of it. And eat it. Because pie is good. And #YOLO.


Hannah Nicole said...


You already know I love this. And Jude is too presh. Also, I'm making pie tomorrow. I blame you.

love you! and apples! and jude's cute face!


Mikailah Autumn said...

This looks SO good, and I love the pictures. ;) Thanks for the recipe, girl! :) xx

Rachel Clarke said...

This is so lame. I should not be craving this food at 12:00 a.m. Dumb.

I love you. I love pie. Pinterest is okay too ;).

Jocee said...

my mother is going to demand for pie when she sees this. but honestly? i can't wait for her to. this looks TOO. GOOD.

Abby said...


Hannah Elise said...

umm stop making me hungry! how did you know I was just thinking about apple earlier today...its a sign. someone get me to an orchard as FAST as possible! :P

Abbie said...

yummy!!! it must be fall :)

Jianine ☺ said...

wow that looks so fun, and delicious! Lovely pictures, your little brother looks adorable. x

Marina Lind Schmitt said...

oooh, one thing I love about fall. pie season.

Grace said...

First thing: It's only 9am and now I'm already craving apple pie. Second thing: Your brother is precious. Third thing: You're hilarious.

I've got to make a pie this autumn! (and I will certainly use this recipe... once I've purchased a food processor)

Marianela said...

Mmmm....pie. :9 This looks so good, Ellie! Now I want some apple pie! ;D

Kinga said...

yum! :)

Morgan said...

AHHHHHHHH!!!! I LOVE this post, love these pictures (ESPESH the apple one) Your brother is too cute, and I now really really really want to make this. I agree with Hannah, I blame you ;) Thank you for sharing!! would you mind telling me the font name you used for these photos? :) thanks

Zoƫ said...

i'm hungry now. thanks!

Olivia said...

oh yum! and your photos make it even better :)

Madison said...

Oh! So much yumminess! By the time I got to the struesel topping part my mouth was still is. Looks soooo good! You're brave. I've never attempted making a homemade crust before. Perhaps I will try this year.



Meredith Sledge said...

LOVE this post!!!

Allix Ruby said...

Dadgummit, keyboard's gonna start shorting out from me DROOLING ON IT! P.S. DaaaAAddy.

Kiley Marissa said...


simi said...

What DID humanity do before the existence of Pinterest?

These look perfectly lovely. Save a slice for me, will you?

Emma said...

delICIOUS! ahh. will be making this very very soon!
also, that last photograph rocks.