Friday, July 8, 2011

True Menno's Confess About Shrinking!

Tonight we are making pies at LEPP's FARMS!
They provide weekly cooking classes varying in many different cuisines. 
LEPP Farms is one of our sponsors who donates their proceeds to a local hospital charity.
But tonight we're on.....
Would you believe that we all get nervous about demonstrating in front of others?

So today...I hastily made my way through baking several different pie doughs.
One of our favorites is, Pie by the Yard...
Another one is Traditional Apple Pie!
We all have our favorite recipes and they vary slightly.
Some use Tender Flaky  and others use Crisco.
Some use butter, margarine or lard...
Is there a right recipe or a right method to our madness?
Some of us do it the way our mother's taught us.
Some choose the method of our Home Economics Teachers.
Some just eye ball it and call it rustic.
I must confess I never had success baking a single crusted pie...
It always shrank...and I would get so discouraged,
so I chose by default to make double crusted pies.

But today...I was filled with revenge...why could others have success, but not me?
After all, this is the time to make single crusted pies filled with strawberries and raspberries.

I finally found a solution,  and  I will continue to make single crusted pie shells that do not shrink.
Stay tuned on our MGCC blog in the weeks to come...
and I'll share my new success tip...
As you can see, the edges are nice and high and very little shrinkage.
I look forward to sharing my tips tonight with our class.
They will smile, and we'll all smile...

We should of invited the Royal Couple to partake in our class tonight.
Maybe they would of considered coming to sunny BC!


  1. AnonymousJuly 08, 2011

    I'll have to keep posted. Am looking forward to your anti-shrinkage tip! Dairymary

  2. Way to go Marg! I'm glad you fought your way to mastering that single crusted giant! Have fun tonight. I'm praying for you all!

  3. It looks like you have enough pies on hand to feed the army! See ya later.

  4. My mouth is watering just looking at your pies! Good luck with your demonstration! Will and Kate would have enjoyed your hosting!

  5. Marg.. it looks like we are on the same page here... I'll see you tonite!

  6. Good for you. I'll be happy to have a nice slice of delicious pie.

  7. You have me laughing......glad you got that one down pat! It should be a fun evening!

  8. I am dieing to hear the secret!! Tell me soon!!

  9. Please just box up those pie crusts and send them to me! I'll give them a good home....
    I'll be watching for the secret...

  10. I'm looking forward to those tips - my piecrust shrinks too!

  11. I've been looking for your pie crust tips Marg! I'd love to know your secret. I used to use Crisco but I've switched to butter as I like that it is natural. I grate the cold butter into the flour and I put a few drops of apple cider vinegar with it and knead just a few times to keep the crusts flaky.


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