Tuesday, January 24, 2012

February Farmer Fred Award-Can She Bake A Cherry Pie?

The generational perspective presented in our February runner-up hit Farmer Fred between the eyes. He has a grandson that is very much like himself. 
The February Farmer Fred Award Runner-up is
You can visit this post by clicking on the title.

The month of February is full of questions:  Will the groundhog see his shadow?  Is it love? Who is the greatest President? And if the question "Can she bake a cherry pie?' is asked in GriggsDakota, the answer is an emphatic "Yes, she can!"
The February Farmer Fred Award is presented to:

Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?
originally posted on February 16, 2011
Did you ever learn the old song Billy Boy? Some of the words are:
Oh Where have you been Billy Boy, Billy Boy?
Oh Where have you been Charming Billy?
I have been to seek a wife, she's the joy of my life.
She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.
Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy?
Can she bake a cherry pie charming Billy?
She can bake a cherry pie
Quick as cat can blink her eye.
She's a young thing (I love that part) and cannot leave her mother.
(My mother lives just down the road.)
And now a word about pies:
Beginners should start with basic two crust fruit pies or a pumpkin pie. 
 Choose simple tested recipes (like those found in a Betty Crocker Cookbook). The recipe found on Libby's Canned Pumpkin is delicious. Practice until you are satisfied.
I make up batches of pie crust and keep it in the GriggsDakota freezer.
So all I do is measure out the mix, add ice water,
And stir the two together with a fork.
If crust intimidates you, buy refrigerated or frozen crust.
Follow the recipe precisely using good quality ingredients. I mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, 
Then pour it over the prepared fruit, in this case, apples. Then mix it,
 before turning it into a prepared crust and topping it off.
 A pie takes about an hour to bake. I often brush the top crust with cream and then sprinkle it with sugar.
In the hour it takes to bake, the crust edge becomes too brown. Always use a collar on your pie crust. If you don't have one, you can make one out of aluminum foil strips. Cut 2 inch strips and fold them around the edge of the crust. 
Remove the collar during the last ten minutes of baking. Mrs. Anderson's pie crust shields are available on Amazon.com.
 Relax. It's really not that hard, but it does take practice. Homemade pie is worth the effort for the cooks in GriggsDakota. 
Remember:  The best pie bakers are the ones that bake pie.
This is most certainly true!
And please, leave your mother. Even Billy Boy knows that's a lame excuse.

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