I’ve never made pie crust. Ever. I was the girl who would buy it in the grocery store, unroll it and bake. My mom always made good pie crust. Everyone loved her pies because the crust was always good and flakey. I just never learned.
I don’t know what made me decide to try it after all these years but I thought I finally would. I wanted to make these little mini pies that looked so cute….but I needed to learn crust in order to do so. Crust was my nemesis.
I thought I was going to lose this challenge. It was almost an epic fail. However, to my surprise, mixing the crust turned out to be the easy part. It went together so effortlessly and it appeared to turn out as the instructions directed. However, when I went to roll it out, it was like the crust was fighting back. It was sticking to everything! The cutting board, the granite, the rolling-pin, my hands…!Perhaps I was afraid to use too much flour or perhaps it didn’t go together as well as I thought…. whatever the reason, it got to the point I wanted to trash everything and quit. I almost cried.
I’m so glad I didn’t.
This being my first time in making the crust, it wasn’t pretty. I really thought it was going to taste like a big handful of flour. But it didn’t. The texture and the flavor were just like I had hoped. Flakey and light, not tough and thick like I expected. I know I have a lot more to learn with making a perfect crust, but in the end I’m glad I challenged myself. Perhaps it was a little difficult, but certainly not as hard or as scary as I thought it was going to be.
What did I learn from this? Don’t be afraid to use flour, and don’t give up. It might not turn out exactly like you had hoped but nothing ever does the first time. Practice makes perfect and I hope there will be a lot more practice with this recipe. I loved it and everyone else did too.