Saturday, October 04, 2008

The art of Pie Making

Nobody can make a cherry pie like Grandma. Mama is always requesting one when we are together. Last night, her brother (my uncle) came into town for his job and will be spending a couple of days here. One of the first things he asked for, being a keen listener myself, was a cherry pie. =)

A few years ago I got her recipe, along with her pie crust recipe that turns out so perfectly delicious. This morning I was glad to have been able to learn a few more secrets and tips from her in the art of pie making.



Here is the top of her crust. Her mother, my great-grandmother, always did this design on the top of her pies. =) I had to take a picture of it, so I could attempt to do it back home.

She showed me how she does her edges too, which I'm so glad for. In times past, I'd just lay the top one on, and then press it down with my thumbs, but seeing what she does adds a step further to making it look so nice.


The masterpiece out of the oven. Getting hungry yet? =)



Grandma had some left over pie dough, so on a whim, she sliced up some apples, added sugar and spices...


She said, "Fold over the dough and patch it when you need it." Add a crumb topping and it's ready to go in the oven!


I'd take a picture of the finished result, but it's still in the oven ... and smelling oh so good!


Perhaps these pictures will be in inspiration for you to get into your kitchen and fix up a special treat or two for your family. Don't forget to don an apron! =)

17 comments:

Lara said...

I'm not recommending the movie, but this is a great song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inqd00PuNqQ. Seeing your pie pics made me start singing it in my head.

Lara said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOQcmRZ3itE&feature=related

Here's the full version.

Andrea Herrlinger said...

Oh, those look ***delicious!!*** Do post the crust recipe! I've always struggled with pie crust, and I would love to see how she does it! :-)

YayaOrchid said...

Cheri, thank you so much for sharing your pictures. The pie looks delicious and so well made. I too would love your crust recipe, and the method she used for decorating the edges. The apple pie also looks great!

♥ this sweet post, Cheri!

Ruth Ann said...

that looks so yummy and fun!! I am always intrigued by the things of the past and how our grandmas used to do them... And I 3rd the comments about a recipe! If you have time, we'd love to hear it!! :)

Rachel said...

Very neat--looks delicious!

jerusha said...

Both pies look scrumptious! Your post made me want to run and start baking apple pies! How did your grandma make the filling for her cherry pie? — I'd love to know!

Anna

Madeleine said...

:::::GASPING::::::


Amazing!! I love the creativity that people such as your grandmother, have. Not wasting a single thing, but actually making it wonderful!!

Anonymous said...

Oooo! Gorgeous foooooooood! :)

-Christine from Arizona

Rachel said...

Oh that looks absolutely scrummy! Yum!

Rachel xxx

Sarah Jane said...

Oh how delicious both of those look!!! And the design in the top crust is so dainty and pretty! Much nicer than my random slashes. :)

Cheri said...

I think Grandma would be tickled pink to read all these comments! =)

Unfortunately, the pie and crust recipes stay in the family. As with most families, there are just some recipes that we don't want to give out...

Cheri said...

But oh! I forgot to mention that I DID share one recipe of "Salmon Patties" over on the Tapestries blog: http://tapestriesoftheheart.blogspot.com/

If you like salmon, you'll love these!

Christy said...

That is the most delicious looking apple pie I have ever seen!!!!!

Tiffany said...

Those look absolutely scrumptious. I love the design on the top. It makes me want to make a design that I can put on the top of all the pies I make.

While I would love this recipe, I also think it's delightful to have some of those recipes.

Tiffany

btw, I tagged you for 6 random things meme on my blog. :-)

annamae said...

Lovely photos of your handy work, I love the one of your Grandmother's hands. :) Both my grandmothers have passed on and there are countless times I wish they were still here, to see their great grand children, to teach me pie secrets and just for good old wisdom. though I'm sure you are already, be thankful for the blessings God has given you in your family! :)

Shannon said...

I've tagged you on my blog! Please stop over if you'd like to participate.

Yours in Christ,
Shannon