Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt has me thinking about pie. Cherry. Apple. Pumpkin. They’re my favorites, but I cannot choose a favorite favorite. While I’m no pastry chef, I do like to bake a pie from scratch. With so many packaged and frozen pie crusts on the market, rolling out the perfect crust is practically a lost art. But I prefer “the old ways” when it comes to pie – a pie deserves no less.
So why do so many cooks today opt for the ready-made crust? Is it convenience? Fear? Maybe they don’t have the proper tools. I cannot remember the last time I saw “rolling pin” or “pastry cutter” on any bride’s gift registry. I own both and actually use them. I also treasure the rolling pin and pastry cutter that belonged to my great-grandmother Mary Frances Jollett Davis.
|Most of these tools belonged to Mary Frances Jollett Davis:|
rolling pin, pastry cutter, potato masher, hand mixer,
spoon, lifter from a stove
Judging by her recipes penciled on scraps of paper and backs of envelopes, Mary Frances must have preferred creamy, pudding-like pies whereas I’m a fruit pie girl.
I can picture Mary Frances right now combining the flour and shortening with her pastry cutter, chilling the dough, patting it into a proper circle, and dusting it with flour before rolling out a perfect crust. I wonder which pie was her favorite – I hope it wasn’t mince-meat.
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