We headed over to my parents today, but not before we made four pies last night. Yes four, each person in my family got to pick one.
First up, pecan. I wanted to get Eric's out of the way while I was still fresh and not cursing at the dough.
I use Martha's pate brisee recipe for the crust and her recipe for the filling also. Eric and my parents gave it a big thumbs up! The crust did not make me curse.
Next, I made a gluten free, dairy free, egg free pie for lil Annie. I made this recipe. It was really delicious. If you ever need an interesting press-in crust, this is the one to make!
Annie really liked the pie, but after tasting the GF, DF, EF crust I made for Gracie's apple pie, she wants THAT crust with her next pumpkin pie.
So, the next pie was gracie's GF, DF, EF apple pie. I had been fretting over what kind of flour to use when I was shopping at my favorite grocery store and I said hello to the manager. Dave and I chatted about the MiDel graham cracker pie crusts when he said, "hey, the bob's rep was just here and he left some free samples of their new GF flour blend for pies. Let me grab you one." He said they'd put a ton of research in to making the flour.
Um, yeah, they did because it was knock your socks off gluten free. The only sub I did was use all vegan shortening instead of butter (so annie and I could eat it too). My mom had a piece and she couldn't even tell that it was GF crust.
My pie was a vegan pecan. Train wreck. I measured wrong with the crust on the first attempt but the insides were good. On the second attempt the crust was fantastic and the insides were not great because I had run out of some ingredients!
I had also purchased two back up pies. Yes, we had 6 pies for 6 people. I am happy to say we didn't need to use the store bought pies and those are in the freezer.
Today I made a GF/DF/EG green bean casserole. It was good, but really could have used more flavor. My husband even ate it. I will make it again and tweak it a bit.
We had a great time with Gram and Papa today. Thankful that they're home for a bit.
So very Thankful for so very much.