Feb
9
A Little Spare Time and a Whole Lotta Love (includes Cheddar Pie Crust Recipe)

Here’s what happens when I get a teensy bit bored. I get busy! This afternoon, I baked a pie for my honey~ it’s a Sweetheart’s Pie made with apple, apricot, pineapple, roses, lemon zest, cinnamon and pinenuts in a cheddar crust. Maybe now he’ll eat fruit and like it!!

Cheddar Pie Crust Recipe
3 c flour
1/4 c sugar
1 t dry mustard
pinch salt
8 T (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold
3/4 c shredded cheddar cheese
8 T cold water

Combine flour, sugar, mustard & salt in mixing bowl and toss well to blend. Using your fingertips or pastry blender, cut in the butter until small clumps have formed in a sandy texture. Add cheese and blend. Sprinkle mixture with water, 2 T at a time, tossing with a fork or fingertips until dough can be formed into a ball. Cover and chill in refrigerator 45 minutes.Divide dough into 2 balls: 1 twice as large as the other. Roll out larger ball on lightly floured surface to form 14 inch circle. Transfer to 10 inch pie plate, tucking edges under to form rustic edging.

Fill pie plate with whatever pie you are making: apple, peach, berry, you name it. Roll out remaining dough and either cut into strips to form lattice or cut with cookie cutter into picturesque shapes and top pie filling. Bake and enjoy!