Have you ever baked a pie completely from scratch? I’ve always admired my mother-in-law who seems to whip out delicious pies and have them taste great every time. The times I’ve tried, the crust was either tough or the filling was not to my husband’s taste and so I had to eat the whole pie myself. I decided that I was never going to bake a pie again. Plus, the frozen pies that the ladies from my school prepare from scratch are oh-so-good and therefore have been my steady source of pies (I can manage to bake them).
But last week, I was determined to try once again and make another pie: apple crumb pie. I carefully followed the directions for the crust (including every tip guaranteed to make the crust tender and flaky). I peeled the apples, made the crumbs, and tenderly placed my pie in the oven. After it was cooked to perfection, I eagerly waited for it to cool down.
I sliced myself a piece and bit into it. By George! The crust was tough! And the apples tasted sour! And the crumbs didn’t seem right! I grimly looked at the offending pie. Josh was expecting something delicious when he got home, and this is what I had to offer him. Btw, Josh gives the best critique regarding food. He is never rude and always encourages me, but he has a keen sense of what could be changed in a recipe, what spices or ingredients could be added, and how it could taste better.
Well, Josh came home and I explained the whole sad state of affairs, needing a hug of course. He still wanted to try it, regardless of my complaints, and when he had a little, he said it was just fine. The apples could have been a smidgen sweeter and the crust was a little tough on the outside, but the crumbs on the top were excellent and overall, he thought it was a great pie. And when Josh says that, it’s like getting an A+ YAY!
Lesson learned: don’t be too harsh on one’s own work. Often it’s better than you think.
And so maybe next week I’ll try another pie….using a new crust recipe, of course!