First, we get the ingredients together. For the crust, we need flour (Ruth is sitting on it), sugar (the smaller canister), water, salt, and butter.
Now we need to mush in a stick of butter (1/2 cup, 120g) with a fork. Red is watching me handle this--the particular direction and level of pressure required make it too difficult for the dragons.
That's the last step for the filling until we add it to the pie. Ruth opted to sit out of the next portion, as he's not too keen on mess.
Shaping the pie:
I put the bottom crust into a pie plate for them, and they lined up to watch as I poured the filling into it. Looking tasty! This is about the point where I started to deviate from the recipe as it's given. The directions tell you to section the crust dough into smaller pieces, either six for use in either small tart pans (which I don't have) or a couple dozen 3-inch (7-8cm) circles for 'gather pies'. (Hand-held pie-pockets similar in size to the ones you get at McDonald's.) I don't have any cookie cutters, so I decided I'd do one bigger pie.
For the first part of baking, wrap the edges of the pie crust in aluminum foil to keep them from cooking too fast. I think pie-shields will do that trick, but I don't have any so I use foil. Not the prettiest solution, but functional.
|And now it's time for clean-up! Flour-y dragons...|
|...get a shower.|
|Hi-chan is hogging the towel.|
While the dragons get their shower and then dry off, I get the rest of the kitchen cleaned up. Dishes go in the dishwasher, and the counters get swept down (remember all the flour?) and sprayed with white vinegar and wiped with a paper towel to clean them. Not that clean-up is really all that interesting.
Pulled the pie out to take the crust-covers off. Ruth balled them up for me, so they'll take up less space in the trash can.
The directions say it doesn't take long for the pie to cook, but I forgot that the directions are for several smaller pies, not one big pie. I kept having to put it back in the oven again.
Tarts want a 375°F (190°C) oven for 10 minutes with foil and then 8-12 minutes without. Gather-pies don't need foil at all, and want a 400°F (205°C) oven for 20-25 minutes. Both say to bake until the crust turns golden-brown and serve hot.
And here we have finished bubbly pie! Dig in, everybody!
Ruth is more interested in Klah.