Teenage boys and raisin pie
For my book launch party last week, I decided to serve all the different kinds of pie that Lia makes in Huckleberry Hill. My daughter made a delicious peach pie. My dear and longsuffering friend Sherry made a chocolate and a butterscotch pie. I made a huckleberry pie and my son made a raisin pie. Yes, my son. Eighteen years old, good-looking. That one. He knows that when my voice pitches higher and my tone betrays a tinge of desperation, I need serious help. I rolled out crust, and he made the filling for the raisin pie. I have never tasted huckleberry or raisin pie and both were delicious. I especially liked the raisin pie.
I was quite proud of the lattice top I made for my huckleberry pie, although I realized later that I should have woven the strips of crust over and under each other. Oh well, for my first attempt, it looked pretty good.
3 c. flour, sifted
1 T. sugar
2 t. salt
1 1/4 c. vegetable shortening (I’ve never tried butter-flavored Crisco, but it might be good)
1/2 c. water
1 T. distilled white vinegar
Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender. Beat egg, and add the water and the vinegar. Sprinkle small amounts of the liquid mixture over the flour mixture tossing lightly until all particles are moistened. Mold into a ball and chill for at least an hour. Return dough to room temperature. Roll out on a lightly floured pastry board. Makes enough dough for three-9 inch pies.
Huckleberry Pie–This pie was not tart at all. It had a very mild flavor, not too sweet. My kind friend Lori Peterson gave me her recipe and a bottle of her hard-earned huckleberries to use in the pie.
2 T. cornstarch
2 T. flour
Pinch of salt
1 quart of huckleberries
Separate huckleberries from juice. Mix cornstarch and flour with a little portion of the huckleberry juice. Heat remaining juice off huckleberries; add sugar and salt then cornstarch mixture. Stir constantly until thickened. Add huckleberries. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Add top crust. Bake 375 for 40-50 minutes.
I just used a recipe from allrecipes.com. Here is the link. It was delicious!
What is your favorite kind of pie?