Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Sometimes, you just have to accept the fact that you're not going to look cute today.

Sometimes, your baby's little friends get hand foot mouth.  And you worry.  (Get better soon, buddies!!)

Sometimes, you start to make a pie, and realize that you don't have enough raspberries to fill it.  So instead you have to tear apart the crust you already made and make little mini pies instead.

(Recipe found here)
(makes two single pie crusts)
4 cups all purpose flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 3/4 cup cold shortening, diced
1/2 cup cold water
1 large egg
1 large egg mixed with 1 Tablespoon water (for the egg wash)

4 1/2 cups raspberries
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crumb Topping
2 1/2 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch ground nutmeg
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup plus 2 1/2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and kosher salt. Put the bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes. It’s important that the ingredients for the pie crust are very cold. Dice the shortening and also place it in the freezer for 5 minutes.
Take the bowl out of the freezer and add in the shortening. Using a fork, cut the shortening into the flour. The mixture should resemble small peas. Mix together 1/2 cup very cold water (I put the water in the freezer) and 1 large cold egg. Add it to the bowl and mix the ingredients together with a fork.
Put the dough onto a floured counter and form it into a large circle. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Take the dough out of the refrigerator and take off 3/4 of the dough. I always use a little more so it’s easier to roll out. You can reserve the extra dough you don’t use for another pie.
Flour the counter, rolling pin and the dough. Roll it out into a large circle. Then roll the dough onto your rolling pin. Roll the dough over the pie plate (a 9 inch pie plate) and press it into the insides of the pie plate.
Crimp the edges of the pie or if you can just take a fork and crimp the edges.
Place the pie in the refrigerator while you work on the filling. In a bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and flour. Add in the sour cream, eggs and vanilla extract and mix on medium speed until combined.
Take the pie crust out of the refrigerator and put the raspberries on the bottom of the crust. Pour the filling over the raspberries and spread it out.
Now make the crumb topping. Mix together the sugar, brown sugar, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg. Pour the melted unsalted butter into the bowl and mix everything together.
Add in the flour and mix until the ingredients form a crumble topping.
Crumble the crumb topping over the pie.
Mix together 1 large egg and 1 Tablespoon of water and brush over the edge of the crust. You won’t use all of the egg wash.
Bake the pie at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10-15 minutes. (the pie is done when the filling is somewhat firm) Let the pie cool for at least 1 hour on a cooling rack before cutting into slices. The filling will set when the pie cools. Then enjoy!

Sometimes, you wonder if the show New Girl is loosely based on your freshman year at college.

Sometimes, you give your baby a bath, and right after you finish washing her, she spits up some squash from dinner all over herself.

Sometimes, life is still beautiful and wonderful and more than you ever hoped for, even when the little things get you down.  And most of the time, I love it.


Autumn said...

Usually when I realize I don't have enough ingredients to make what I doesn't end up turning out looking that delicious.

Hope everyone at your house keeps away from hand foot mouth...yikes!

Chris and Paige Evans said...

Awesome post Lauren. Those mini pies look delish. Who has hand foot mouth now? I'm sure Fox passed it along to a lot of kids :(

SupaFlowaPowa said...

Sometimes I run.. sometimes I hide.. sometimes I'm scared of you.. but all I really want is to hold you tight... those pies look amazing!!!

7carrs said...

I want a mini pie! You are becoming quite the baker.
Love you!