Would you care for a slice of pie?

November 1, 2010

Guess whats on the menu for today?! That’s right: PIE. And not just any pie at that, but the one and only (drumroll please)…..Strawberry Sour Cream Pie!! Last week, our class embarked on the journey of pie making, a tricky art that must be taken on with care. Now, I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love pie! I have always grown up eating the “traditional” pies such as pumpkin pie, chocolate pie, apple pie, and key lime pie, but who knew there was such a thing as STRAWBERRY PIE! Before this, I had never had strawberry pie, so as you may guess I was super excited to make something new, and since strawberries are one of my favorite kinds of fruit, I knew it had to be amazing.

We started off by making the crust for the pie (not only a challenging yet fun first step, but also one of the best parts of the whole pie!) To make one pie crust, the ingredients are:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (this enhances the flavour)
  • 1/4 cup cold shortening (some prefer to use lard)
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons ice cold water
  • 1 egg and 1 teaspoon heavy cream for egg wash

To make the crust, pulse the flour and salt together to combine. Then add scoops of shortening and pulse into the mixture so it has the texture of coarse sand (or for about 10 seconds). Next, add in the chunks of butter and pulse until the butter pieces are no longer larger than small peas (about 10 pulses). Add the minimum amount of water and pulse on low. If the dough remains crumbly and does not come together, add another tablespoon of water. Add as little as is required to enable the dough to be rolled into a ball. Form the dough into a disk (without handling it too much), wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

After our dough was done refrigerating we took it out and boy was it hard! At first it almost felt as solid as a rock, but no worries it soon became a little softer allowing us to work with it. Once it is ready, roll disk of dough out  to around 2 inches larger than your pie plate (using parchment paper to roll it out on will help it not stick) and transfer it, situating it in the plate. Fold the excess dough around the edges and crimp, trimming where necessary.

The finished pie crust!

Once the pie crust is done, it is time to start making the pie filling!

The filling for the pie is simply the recipe as follows:

  • 1 qt. fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar, reserve 1 tablespoon (make sure it is granulated sugar, NOT powdered, although it won’t kill you granulated sugar will taste better overall)
  • Dash salt (and just a dash too, salty pie does not taste good, trust me from experience)
  • 1 cup sour cream (not fat-free)

To make the filling start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees F.  Hull and wash the strawberries, slice them in half and then set aside.  Sift flour, sugar and salt together in a large mixing bowl.  Add sour cream and blend until nice and creamy.  Gently fold in the berries but making sure you don’t over-mix.  Pour fruit into pie shell and spread to edges without packing down! There should be some spaces throughout the filling.  Once you have done all this, sprinkle the top with the last tablespoon of sugar.

Making the pie filling

Yum, things are starting to smell pretty good around here! The pie is almost done! Now it is time for the oven! Bake the pie for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F. (Sometimes it helps to leave the oven door open so the oven does not get to hot) and then bake the pie an additional 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Broil the pie for 2-3 minutes to brown up the top. Allow it to cool completely before cutting, and serve with fresh whipped cream or even ice cream.

Finished Product

Finally, we are done!! What a trip that was! The time has come to indulge ourselves in this delicious pie.

Eating the Pie!

A perfect combination of sour and sweet all wrapped up into a little slice of wonderful. After cutting the pie and eating our fair share we had to decide what to do with the leftovers. We all thought about it and came up with a solution! How about delivering them to our hard-working teachers throughout Woods Hall, and so that is exactly what we did. A bunch of us each got a plate and headed down the hill ready to serve our work. We successfully delivered all our pie to the very appreciative teachers, it was definitely a big hit!

Enjoy! – Sophia Pizzeria

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One Response to “Would you care for a slice of pie?”

  1. Fitz said

    Yes, very appreciative. It was delicious and just what I needed to top off my breakfast that morning!

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