Toughing It Out

Stop avoiding the issue. Stop looking for miracle recipes. Pie pastry is not beyond you. Just like life, it is mostly a matter of how you handle it… So let's get started.

As soon as I got my first food processor (I'm on my fourth!) I figured out an easier way to make pie pastry. You can do it by hand. It just takes longer. This recipe makes enough for a double crust pie or two or three singles.

2 cups all purpose flour

2/3 cup lard (yes I know! – the pig doesn't like it either!)

Pinch of salt

Scant 1/4 cup ice water

Place flour, salt and shortening in food processor. Process until the mix forms coarse crumbs. Add the water. Mix only until a ball of dough forms around the blade. Remove and press by hand into two balls.

Lightly flour your roll-out-pie pastry area. Roll first dough ball into desired size. Place in pan and trim edge.

DO NOT add these leftover bits to the other ball of pastry. Roll the second ball of dough out on its own. When all you have left are lots of little bits? THEN you may mix them together and roll them out for a smaller pie, or tarts.

It is the mixing of pre-rolled pastry with new pastry that makes for tough chewing.

Matthew 9:17-Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”(NIV)

Are we trying to mix our old life with our new one in Christ? Sure makes for tough chewing.

Prayer: Lord, grant us grace to walk in our new life, without dragging our old pie crusts with us.

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