Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy President's Day!

Yes, I love holidays. I really like holidays that I'm able to spend the day at home with my children. My love for the holidays probably stem from my parents. No, they didn't celebrate the minor holidays like President's day. My son's favorite President is President George Washington. He likes to tell me the cherry tree story often. Since I realized I have never posted the pie crust recipe I use, I made cherry hand pies. When I make pie crust, I always use my food processor but it could easily be made by hand. I've been making this recipe for over ten years but sometimes with no shortening and all butter. 
 Pie Crust
 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
8 oz. unsalted butter, chilled
8 oz. shortening
1/4 to 1/2 cup very cold water

  1. Cut the butter into small pieces and chill.
  2. Place the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor.
  3. Pulse the flour mixture for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the butter and pulse for about 10 seconds. The mixture should resemble coarse meal.
  5. Continue pulsing while slowly adding the cold water. Stop when the mixture begins to come together. Do not pulse for more than 30 seconds.
  6. Turn the dough onto a clean, lightly floured surface.
  7. Form one large ball and cut it in half.
  8. Wrap each half with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  9. Use the dough within a day for best results.
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living 2002 Annual Recipes.
One year ago........................I made Ham, Cheese, & Fried Egg Panini.
Place the initial for each person on each pie. M is for Morris!
Did you already know..........
-President George Washington was born on February 22, 1732.
-President George Washington had 3 older half siblings and 5 younger siblings.
-The family home Mount Vernon was previously named Little Hunting Creek Plantation.

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