Guess what I've been doing all evening!
Ever since I learned to make pies about 10 years ago, I spend the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving baking pies. It takes about six hours to make the dough from scratch, then make all the fillings and put them together. Although I confess that this year the apple and cherry fillings are from cans.
It's a lot of work and every year my sweetie suggests that he would be OK if I wanted to buy pie rather than make it. I'm pretty sure he's just being nice because I know he loves my pecan pie. But every year I remind him that the only time during the year I make pie is at Thanksgiving, so I relegate myself to the kitchen while the kids watch a movie.
Only this year it was different. Princess wanted to learn to make pie. Cooking and teaching is always more fun than just doing it by yourself, and Princess is a good student. She mostly watched me mix up the crust, but when it was time to roll it and crimp it, she was right there. After a few minutes, hers looked just like a professional job.
Once we finished the four pecan and five pumpkin pies and put them in the oven, it was time for the apple and cherry. Princess is so wonderfully creative! After rolling the top layer for the cherry, she cut out a little star for the cherries to peek through and then she cut a few more just to make it pretty. For added shine, we decided to dip the stars in cinnamon and sugar first.
She was so pleased with that one, she decided to do a lattice on the apple. Then she sprinkled the last of the cinnamon and sugar over the top. They all came out perfect! It was hard to keep from cutting and devouring one tonight.
Next year I'm hoping I won't even have to ask...
she'll be right there with her rolling pin before I even have time to measure the first cup of flour.