Saturday, July 11, 2009

Pie Crust: 3. Me: 1

Grr... I now remember why I really hate baking on humid days. Nothing, I mean nothing goes right.

I've been baking over the last few days and things have been going fairly well. Until, that is, today. It was one of those tricky days that doesn't feel too humid but is. The kind of day that will take forever for your hair to dry, even if it's down. Yeah, THAT kind of day.

So yeah, the humidity made all the difference when I was making a crust for a strawberry rhubarb pie. I tried about three variations of a crust and each one was just no good super sticky then completely flimsy and the last was just too crumbly no matter what I did to it. Finally I just decided to make the simplest version I can think of and pretty much eyeballed the ingredients. It didn't really work to my liking but at least it held after I chilled the hell out of it. Still, working it was a trial and a half. Oh yeah, to make things more fun, I still went forward with my plan of doing a lattice top. I stink at these under the best conditions! I still don't know what possessed me into doing this. Ah well. At least the thing is baked now and hopefully it'll taste good. So far it looks and smells pretty good. Given the battle I waged with the crust, however, I fear I may have used a touch too much shortening. I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed.


Cathy said...

Sounds like a tough battle! Good for you making the different crusts, I don't have the patience. I must admit I am not puch of a pie baker and freely admit Pilsbury refridgerated pie crust is my shortcut of choice, that way weather does not matter.