|Cristen with her award winning recipes|
One of the best parts of our "Pie Day" was all the stories and laughter shared. Cristen started things off by welcoming us to our home and breaking out her award winning secrets on good ol' notebook pages. I love how real Cristen is and that she felt like she could just be herself around us. One of Cristen's best quotes from the day was "At this point in my life, butter is where it's at." I couldn't agree more! Who doesn't love butter!
|Jeni from Jeni Eats, Jessica from Belong Create, |
Cristen from Food and Swine, Mary from A Natural Plus and
Shannon from The Field Position and Enchanted Acres preparing pie crusts
I loved the fellowship we shared around Cristen's kitchen island. It was fun to exchange our own pie tips and baking stories with each other. One of the best tips I learned from Cristen was to "perfume" your sugar with lemon zest for fruit pies. We used the zest from half of a lemon and rubbed it with our sugar for our fillings. The aroma and taste was amazing. It gave the pies that added something! It was also a lot of fun to be apart of both Jessica and Mary's first pie baking experience!
|I'm an official Blue Ribbon Baker now!|
And at the end of the day the sweet reward was being able to divulge in a little pie therapy. I chose to make Cristen's two crust pear pie with a lattice top! When initially talking to Cristen about our "Pie Day" she recommended that everyone choose to make either a berry or a pear pie. I had never made a pear pie before and was very intrigued! It is similar to an apple pie but has a slightly different texture and flavor. Cristen actually may have made me a covert - I think I actually might prefer pear pie over apple! But now only if I had a pear tree that produced like my apple...
|Our finished pies!|
Me, Shannon, Mary (with JP), Jeni and Jessica
Our "Pie Day" was a success and was exactly what we all needed. Now I think we need to head down to Cristen's again for a bread class. (She says that's what she loves to make the most.) Do you have any pie tips? What's your favorite flavor of pie? Remember to Comment for a Cause!