In Which I Spill NM’s Pie Secret

People, I was at nm’s house this afternoon watching her make pie crusts WITHOUT A FORK!!!!!! I think I literally stood there slack-jawed.

If I were not forbidden from making my world famous apple pie* for Thanksgiving, I would have totally come home and tried making pie crusts nm’s way.

She mixed it with her hands. Then she smooshed it with the heel of her palm.

THERE WAS NO FORK!!!!

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*Some people I am related to are giant babies about tart apple pies. But I ask you, world, if you don’t fill your pie with tart apples, a.) aren’t you just eating not-quite-done apple sauce and b.) don’t you need the tart to pair with the sweet of a good vanilla ice cream, which you scoop over the hot pie? I shake my head at the babies in my family.

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5 thoughts on “In Which I Spill NM’s Pie Secret

  1. I smoosh the edges with my fingers — I’m too lazy to get out a fork.

    And I’m totally in favor of using the tartest apples possible.

  2. Three pies, one batch of Parker House rolls, one batch of cranberry sauce, and one dinner later, I am bushed. I was planning on toasting the bread for my stuffing tonight, but have decided to push it off until tomorrow.

    And, BTW, that’s not my pie secret, it’s Julia Childs’s. I use USian ingredients like Crisco while following her directions for making a crust for quiche.

    And, B, I think you should make the forbidden pie* anyway. Don’t deprive yourself just because your family aren’t gastronomes.

    *you could call it the lambappleda

  3. …there’s another kind of proper apple pie besides “tart”? But then, I am from the family that loves rhubarb, too. Tart(s) R Us.

  4. Yep, I am all about the finger smooshing pie crust and tart apple pies. However, this year I had the taste for pumpkin and we already had a carrot cake made, so I thought three different desserts for three people was excessive. I’ll make the apple pie over the weekend when everyone will be ready to appreciate how good it is.

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