First Pies!

Project Description

Please describe the type of cuisine. Canadian Share a little about the ingredients and techniques used to create this dish/item. I tried the combination pastry recipe, with butter and vegetable shortening. I made an apple pie and a butterscotch pie (an old family recipe). One recipe made a double crust 9" pie and a 9" pie shell. With the leftover pastry I made a little brown sugar and butter roll (it has a French Canadian name that is a bit "rude"), something I always make with leftover pastry. I used gala apples for the apple pie because that is all that I had at home, but next time I will try a few different apples. What are you most proud of? This is such a different pastry recipe than I am used to making, and it was so delicious and rolled beautifully. I will definitely be trying more variations. My family is thrilled that I am finally making something that they can enjoy too. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Try it and I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised. The class is wonderful!

Q&A with Thread Head

Evan Kleiman asked:
Well I would say that you had great success for your first pies. That meringue is beautiful!
Thread Head answered:
Thank-you so much! The class was wonderful!! These are some of the tastiest pies I have ever made. Thank-you!!
Beateannkeith asked:
How do you make your meringue? Please share your recipe and any tips you might have. Thanks,
Thread Head answered:
The meringue was just 3 egg whites that I added about a 1/4tsp of cream of tartar to - I think that is the secret for a big meringue. I beat the egg whites with the wire whisk on my stand mixer until frothy (on the fastest speed). Then added about 2 to 3 tbsp of sugar to the egg whites as they were mixing, and continued mixing until firm peaks, but still glossy and not dry - it is a fine line and it is better to be a bit under beaten. Once the pie is covered with the meringue (the back of a metal spoon is great for making the peaks), I put it in a hot oven for about 5-10 mins. I hope this helps.