June 24, 2011

If At First You Do Not Succeed

Hey guys! Remember my first pie I made for Easter that did not turn out as well as I had hoped? Last Sunday my aunt, who makes an exceptional old-fashioned style crust, came with the fam for Father's Day. We worked together to make this:

Banana Coconut Creme Pie. Yum. I have never tried it before, but this pie is amazing! And since we were successful, I wanted to share the recipe and tips so you can make your own. This recipe makes three crusts with some to spare. You can combine the extras to make 2x6 inch strips with butter, cinnamon, and a sugar. brown sugar mix and bake at 375 until golden. Or you can let the kids play with it as we did.

You'll need:
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. butter
1 egg
1 T apple cider vinegar
5 T cold water

1. In a large bowl, add flour and 3 sticks ( 1 1/2 c.) cool butter. Mix with your fingers until crumbly. Tip- do not just grab large clumps in your hand and squeeze together. It really is better to use your fingers and pinch it all together.
2. In a small bowl, mix 1 egg, 1 T apple cider vinegar, and 5 T ice cold water.
3. Make a crater in your flour/ butter mix and pour in liquid mix. Barely mix together and then form into 3 balls.
4. Generously sprinkle flour onto counter and roll out dough. We made ours about 1/4 in. thick. My aunt had me gently roll the ball once, flip, and then finish the rolling. Fold the crust in half, place in pie dish (no need to spray or oil) and unfold. If you get a small hole, get your fingers wet and patch with extra dough.
5. To make the edges ruffled, gently lift up the overlapping crust and pinch at the top of the pie dish.
6. Poke the entire sides and bottom all the way through with a fork.
7. Place another pie dish on top to prevent bubbling.

If baking only the crust, bake at 375 and check in 10 minutes.You might need 15 minutes to get a nice golden crust. If you need a pie top, dab the bottom crust edge with water before adding the top. Bake a complete pie at 375 for one hour or until lightly golden.

I am excited to try again on my own. Let me know how yours turns out!

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