Thursday, July 24, 2014
Baby Sister Coming to Dinner
My youngest sister, who is my "baby" no matter her age, is coming to dinner tomorrow night. I had to bake her favorite pie, pumpkin and her favorite shortbread cookies. I rarely bake in the summer, and even more rarely in July. Both of my sisters' birthdays are in August, so baking in summer can sometimes not be avoided.
I love using natural brown waxed paper to roll out a pie crust and always use parchment paper for baking cookies as it is fast.
I have little time as it may get hot today, but it is cool at the moment. I use the oven for multiple tasks on days like today!
I made a whole wheat pie crust with white whole wheat flour, photos included.
Some of the cookies are a bit overbaked for shortbread cookies, but we like our cookies to at least have a bit of a brownish area on the outside. These cookies are very, very, delicate.
Here is how I made the pie crust, I roll it on the brown waxed paper and move the paper over the
pie pan and deposit it on the glass pie pan. Using a scissors, I cut any extra and paste it if needed.
I pricked one pie crust with a fork but not the other, and do not see much difference in the pre-baking process. Since we dislike 'soggy" crusts, I bake the crust for about 10 minutes before adding the pumpkin filling.
For the cookies, I mixed the dough and placed it in the refrigerator while the pies were baking.
Here are the photos, my Mom made the most beautiful cookies, I rarely make a decent one!
I unrolled two of the rolls and froze the third one without the wax paper, and placed in a freezer bag in my freezer for another cold morning when we have company, as these butter cookies are NOT in our diet. I baked the cookies in two rows in my oven.
Oh, and the dishes, luckily I put them in my really deep sink, so I do not see them, but here they are as no munchkins live in this house to clean up my kitchen!