Long Over-Due: Cupboard Door Recipes

A while back, when I shared photos of our kitchen, Natalie asked to know what recipes I have tacked up inside my cupboard door for quick access. I have been meaning to type them out for her, and you all, but the holidays kept me from such a task. As I have all my Christmas stuff put away, and all my Thank-you notes written, I am finally free to jump into January – and the list I have made of “Things to post on the blog”. So, here’s the first of my favorite, most frequently used recipes…

My Grandmother’s Pastry.
Best in the world. I use real butter, my Dad swears by margarine – you decide.

2 c. flour
2 sticks butter
1 tsp. salt

6 Tbsp. ice cold water
Measure salt into flour, then cut butter in with two knives (the way my mother and grandmother do it) or with a (Pampered Chef) pastry blender (like I do it)

When the mixture resembles cornbread – or the butter crumbs are mostly no bigger than a pea – add the COLD water. mix until a ball forms, then roll out to fit your pie pan. Makes top and bottom crust for one pie, or bottom crusts for two quiches. For best results, refrigerate the pie crusts for at least an hour before baking.

For Apple Pie –
peel, core and slice enough apples to fill your pie plate – mounded! ๐Ÿ™‚ Transfer them to a bowl and mix in:
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. flour
1 c. sugar.

place in prepared crust, lay top crust on top and crimp edges, trimming away excess pastry. Poke some steam vents in top crust with a knife. The tradition in our house is to use the leftover pastry scraps to shape a decoration for the top of the pie – something symbolic, like, a turkey if it’s Thanksgiving, a number if it’s a birthday – crosses for Easter – you get the point.
Bake at 400 for 45 min, or until golden brown and the juices are bubbling out of the vents.
Oh, yum.

This was a miniature pie I made on our honeymoon to celebrate our 1st week anniversary, while we were staying at Little Bear Wheelers cabin in the Colorado Mountains. My first experience cooking at high altitudes! I think that’s a heart on top. ๐Ÿ™‚

One response to “Long Over-Due: Cupboard Door Recipes”

  1. Jessica Avatar

    Making this today for company! I did one thing different, I used my food processor with the blade attachment to do the pie dough…I'll let you know how it comes out.

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