Ok you guys...Raddish is just too fun! We still had one recipe from last month's box that we needed to make. We had a quiet Saturday which was the perfect opportunity for pie making. We got an invitation to eat at our family's house that night, so we wanted to surprise them with a special treat. A pie in the hand is an open door to the heart and an open door to any home in my opinion.
Truth be told I'm not really awesome at making pies. My mom is a fantastic pie maker. I once tried to make a lemon meringue pie for my dad and he thought it was really weird. To my credit it was completely from scratch. He didn't like the lemon zest, but my pie self esteem still suffers. I can make a mean birthday cake, tiramisu and cheesecake, but pies have never been in my wheelhouse - at least not until now.
Enter Raddish. My problem with pies is usually that I think I make horribly ugly ones. I have a super fancy cake decorating set, and have been known to pipe frosting like a pro. Pie dough, however, often turns way less cool than it looks in my head. I tend to make rustic tarts, so they are supposed to look ugly. I was glad to see that this month had a pie recipe. The last time Silas and I made an apple pie together he was in pre-k. We were at the apple orchard picking apples and he insisted making a pie when we got home. Those brown eyes and freckles always command this heart. I knew that he wouldn't even eat it, but I did it anyway. Back then Silas only ate brown things. He took a bite of the crust and that was that. I wanted this pie to work out. Having a picky eater makes cooking together far more beneficial. He has tried everything we have made so far and enjoyed it all.
Our culinary skill for this recipe was making a pie dough. I love these pictures because all of these things are firsts for him. The recipe actually called for us to make the crust by hand, but food processors whip them up so quickly. I wanted him to see how it worked this way. First we added the dry ingredients.
Next we added cold butter. Silas thought it was so fun to see how the butter collected into a tower. We even took a video to show his brother. Little joys (smile.)
I showed him how the pulse button works on a food processor.
It's so fun seeing a kid experience something for the first time. He got his fingers into the butter and flour mixture to see how it feels. I forget just how long it took me to learn all this and how important it is to pass this along.
Next he added ice cold water.
Next we took the dough for a spin. He was a-mazed about how this worked. I love the joy of exploration even if it's the small things.
We cut the dough in two and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile we made the filling. Silas isn't a fan of peeling - yet. He's getting pretty handy with a knife nevertheless.
We added flour, sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, and a dash of salt to the apples.
Next we prepared the dough.
This kid loves the tactile aspect of cooking.
We added the filling to the crust.
He dotted the filling with butter (of course.)
The recipe actually gave instructions on how to make a lattice crust. I was determined not to make an ugly pie however. I saw a few pie crusts that were covered in cookie cutter shapes instead.
How seriously cute is this pie? I can't even take credit either. Silas made this pie from start to finish. We brushed the stars, sprinkled them with sugar, and hoped for the best.
I'm calling this the hallelujah and amen of apple pies. DE-licious! And guess what? Even Silas loved it. This recipe was definitely a keeper!