New Castle News

All About You ...

November 16, 2013

Culinary Conversation: My, oh my, it’s pie!

NEW CASTLE — Making a pie crust can result in one of two things.

You’ll either be remembered as the king or queen every time the word pastry is mentioned. Or you won’t.

For some, that age-old cliché “easy as pie” is not that simple.

Pies are one of my favorite things to make. But there are still always new things to learn and I recently picked up some tips from various magazines.

A great quote that will stick in my mind from Lesley Porcelli, author of the blog, “Ugly But Good,” is — “Pie teaches you a new lesson every time.”

A new bit of advice I picked up is to sprinkle about one tablespoon each of flour and sugar over the crust before adding the pie filling to avoid a soggy crust bottom.

Another is to beat the dough after it rests with a rolling pin to relax the gluten and soften the dough, making it easier to roll out.

One tip I will use this year is to butter the pan for a golden bottom crust and to prevent the pie from sticking.

Fully pack fruit pies such as apple and pear. Layer the slices closely together so there won’t be any air pockets, and mound the fruit slightly higher than the edge of the crust. Fruit shrinks as it cooks, so tight, full packing leads to a pie that is still piled with fruit.

I am a fan of the fluted method to form the dough’s border. That’s done simply by pinching the dough between your index finger and thumb to create a point. At the same time, you use your other index finger to make an indentation or dimple. It’s the way my grandmother, aunts and mother all did their pies and I followed in their footsteps. But I also think crimping with a fork looks pretty, too.

As for my favorite types of pie, I love them all.

And speaking of all things sweet, it’s time for you to send your recipes for your favorite Christmas cookies. Share with your neighbors and friends through Culinary Conversation — your place for Christmas and every time of year.

Brown-Bottom

Butterscotch Cashew

Cream Pie

Text Only | Photo Reprints
All About You ...
  • Hudson.jpg Culinary Conversation: Think globally, cook locally

    Another set of bookshelves might be necessary at my house very soon. It’s been a bountiful week. Edie Majesky of New Castle, who I have known most of my life, is aware of how much I love collecting old cookbooks.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ramsey.jpg Dave Says: Problems with no credit score?

    “Dave Says” is a weekly column featuring financial advice from nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey. His column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual letters and calls on Ramsey’s radio progam, “The Dave Ramsey Show.”
     

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brothers.jpg Lori Brothers: Play with names — not with your food

    Do you remember being told, “don’t play with your food” when you were a child?  Or maybe you’ve said this to your own children or grandchildren. I’ve heard stories about kids slipping food under the table to the dog or stuffing Brussels sprouts into their pockets to get out of the pain of eating them.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • stright.jpg Sarah Stright-Hartley: A T-shirt dress can be a three for all

    I love finding pieces that can be worn for just about every portion of my life.  From daytime, to work, and then on a date with my husband, I like pieces that can go the distance.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ivy_bday.jpg Kali Davies-Anderson: Happy birthday, Miss Ivy!

    This week I would like to take time out of my usual ramblings to wish my second born daughter, Ivy, a very, very happy first birthday!

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Olszak.jpg Heartbleed raises the stakes on Internet security

    My column last week dealt with Internet and related scams, along with steps people can take to protect themselves. Today’s column could be termed Part 2 of that topic, albeit from a different angle.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hudson.jpg Lugene Hudson: Celebrate Easter like Helen Martin

    What’s cookin? That’s one of our favorite questions at Culinary Conversation. We love when readers share some of their favorites. This week, Helen Martin of New Castle stepped up to the plate to answer that question regarding Easter dinners.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ramsey.jpg Dave Ramsey: You can’t borrow way out of debt

    “Dave Says” is a weekly column featuring financial advice from nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey. His column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual letters and calls on Ramsey’s radio progam, “The Dave Ramsey Show.”
     

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brothers.jpg Lori Brothers: Wellness a growing trend among those over 50

    The power of choice that the explosion of Internet information has generated is moving us as a culture in a direction to examine who we are and what we really value.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • stright.jpg Sarah Stright-Hartley: Some perfect fits for heading back to work

    I'm heading back to work soon and I've really been thinking about my work wardrobe — especially because I'm hoping most of it still fits my post-baby body.

    April 9, 2014 2 Photos

House Ads
Poll

What is your favorite Easter treat?

Jelly beans
Chocolate ... bunnies, crosses, anything that’s chocolate!
Marshmallow peeps
Decorated eggs
Other
     View Results