Pie, enough said.
After devouring a slice of sugar cream pie made by Chicago's Hoosier Mama Pie Company (http://www.hoosiermamapie.com/) I was inspired to give pie making another try. Now I absolutely love making pies and I say give pie a try.
My first (and only attempt) at pie making was a little more than a disaster. I tried to make a basic banana cream pie that resulted in an overflowing salty mess. Being a generally stubborn person I insisted on doing things my way rather than following the advice of a cook book. I was too impatient to let my pie dough chill, I carelessly added double the amount of salt needed, and insisted on fitting every ounce of pie filling into my uncrimped pie crust. By the end of my terrible tasting pie, I was turned off from pie making entirely.
This time around I read up on pie crusts and used a crust that was both salty and sweet and used butter and shortening (this gave the crust a buttery taste and flaky texture). I was patient with my pie dough and used cold ingredients and allowed the dough to cool before rolling it out. I watched a few videos online to find a good pinch method to crimp the pie crust and did not squeeze every bit of filling into the crust. What I ended with was a delicious pie comparable to Hoosier Mama Pie Company and a love of pie making! This past week I have continued to craft pies including peanut butter pie and my original Nutella pie (oh, it was as delicious as you think it would be)!
As I was on my way to work (bringing one of my peanut butter pies to share with my fellow employees and regulars) I realized that its more than just pie. While running after the bus, pie in hand, it dawned on me that I should take some life lessons from pie baking.
What I learned:
Be patient: My first experience I was so focused on the final result that I didn't take the time to enjoy the experience leading up to the outcome.
Stop Questioning: Being stubborn, it is in my nature to question everything. Some things should not be questioned.
First impressions are WRONG: I was so turned off by my first experience that I was afraid to give it another try. When I finally did, I discovered a new love.
Share your pie: The best part of baking is to share it with someone.
Nutella: It makes everything delicious.