21 July 2015

Pie squared

A random post to share a discovery that I have no doubt the rest of the world already knows: You can make pie dough in a food processor.  Oh yes.  I have spent years, decades in fact, not knowing this fact.

But now, I know.  And that is why we have not one, but TWO pies cooling on the stove right now.  Making dough takes a grand total of 3 minutes with a food processor.  Literally.  Butter goes in with flour.  Pulse until crumb-y, add water bit by bit until dough forms a ball.  Done.  What a revelation!

Now, I'm all for knowing the old non-electricity-requiring ways.  For obvious reasons, perhaps.  (Imagine if the power went out for an extended period of time...)  But to have such convenience available is a luxury I have only just discovered.  We don't have a lot of space in the kitchen and elsewhere for that matter, so we have to pick and choose what we keep.  And I have to say that our food processor is truly the star of the kitchen.  It is the most used appliance I have.  (Well, that and maybe the blender for the kids smoothies or jam.)

Anyhow, what started the whole pie thing was a delightful bag of apples from my cousin, who had picked them from her backyard tree.  What a gift!  They were so tart and sour, they were begging to be made into pie.  Around the same time, I noticed a bowl of blueberries leftover from jam-making and in need of attention.  So instead of choosing, I made two pies.

There you go.

No such thing as too much pie, right?  :)


  1. Hmmm...I didn't know that. I am not much of a pie maker though. I much prefer a crisp to a pie, and tend to make more of those. Your pies look delicious, hope you enjoy them :)

    Hope your keeping cool in this weather. xo

    1. I love crisps too. They are delicious. I have a recipe for this pandowdy that I can't wait to make. Perhaps I should take it slower though with the sweets. :)

  2. You sound like I sounded when I discovered you could kneed bread dough in the food processor as well. LOL! Like you, if I have the time, tradition always wins, but OH the convenience! And my, those pies look amazing. Can I ask for your crust recipe? I'm yet to find one I really like. Thank you!!!!

    1. Hehe, I wondered if I sounded green, but it was totally worth the discovery! :) I use a simple crust recipe: 2 cups flour, 1 cup butter (cold), and about 5 Tbsp water. Just cut (or pulse) the butter and flour together until it becomes uniform fine crumbs. Then add the water slowly until there's enough to bring the dough together in a ball. Sometimes I need a little more, rarely less. Hope it works out for you! (Use unsalted butter if you can, it's fresher and better quality - unless you have raw, unpasturized butter. Then, you win.