Honore Baking

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Overcoming Pie Crust-phobia

I have a confession to make.  Until a couple of years ago, I suffered from pie crust-phobia.  I could not make a decent pie crust to save my life.  I tried many different recipes.  Watched online how-to videos.  Each time I tried, I failed miserably.  So much for if at first you don't succeed.

Perhaps I was trying too hard.  I don't know.  I had pretty much written off pie crust until I picked up a copy of Cooking with Love by Carla Hall.  Carla Hall is one of the hosts on The Chew but I first saw her on Top Chef.  One of the things that distinguished Carla from the other chefs on the show was that she could bake.  I saw her book at the supermarket and as I was leafing through it I came across a recipe for a rustic mushroom and goat cheese tart.  It sounded so delicious!  Then ... darn!  She called for making a pie crust.  I'll admit that I considered buying a ready made pie crust from the store.  But Carla's recipe really seemed easy so I decided to get back on the horse and try again and guess what?  SUCCESS!  I made a lovely, tasty, flaky pie crust.  Was it a fluke?  Only one way to find out, so I tried it again.  SUCCESS! 

Now I make my own pie crust whenever I want.  Carla's recipe comes together quickly and yields a lovely dough that is super easy to work with.  See those big chunks of butter in the dough?  That is exactly what you want to see.  It those big chunks of butter that make the crust flaky.

The moral of the story is this ... don't give up.  Keep trying until you find a recipe that works for you.  It might be different from the method that your mom or grandma used.  So what?  There's more than one way to make a flaky and delicious pie crust! 

If you would like to try Carla Hall's pie crust recipe, you can find it on the web site for The Chew.   Just Google "Carla Hall" and "Perfect Pie Crust" and it should come right up.

Happy baking dear friends!

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