tipsy lemon meringue pie…

PIE & JUG

Tipsy Pie

Project 365 Photos: #42 & #43

Hang on…just have to unbutton my jeans.

Almost too fat to post today!!!! I’ve eaten so much lemon meringue pie that I kinda don’t ever want to eat pie again. Bah…that’ll wear off in a couple of days and I’ll be right back to my old pie-o-phile self  (almost didn’t put “that” word in the post…I think you know why).

I’ve got a long, sordid history with pies. My husband loves them, but I’ve been a lousy pie baker, like forever! One morning, years ago, I might have even thrown the third batch of pie dough in-a-row across our apartment so hard that it hit the living room wall where it exploded. All I heard was my hubby putting down his newspaper, and asking if everything was alright. No, it bloody wasn’t (keep in mind I have the temper that goes along with red hair)!!!

Fast forward to this weekend when I discovered a brilliant recipe for tender, tasty, fool-Jennifer-proof pie crust dough. Secret ingredient…no wonder I love it….VODKA!!!!! Apparently, too much water makes pie dough tough ’cause it promotes the formation of proteins (um…I think). But too little water makes it IMPPOSSIBLE to roll the dough out, and it ends up flying through rooms. So the answer appears to be vodka, which doesn’t allow the chemical bonds to form, and quite a bit of it evaporates in the baking process. Et voila!!!!

You’ll find the recipe on allrecipes.com here. My own personal tip…use a double-insulated metal pie pan or tart pan (which is what I used). No soggy pies.

PIE & FORK

Vodka Pie Crust

 

 

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15 responses

  1. Do you have any left?!? I’ve only started making pies in the last few years as my mom was a fabulous pie baker. The only recipe I’ve ever used is the one on the Crisco box and it calls for vinegar and works like a charm. I’ll have to try the vodka one now. Your photos are fab, dahling! xoxo

    • My mom was a first-class pie baker too! I think that’s why I sucked at it. I just started making them again too. My mom swore by the “vinegar” pie dough recipe, and hers was out of this world. There’s no more left–I ate it all.

  2. I just love your posts! I am a confirmed pie lover and have never had great success at pastry so I’m please to try a new recipe. It has vodka in it, what could go wrong?

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