“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”
David Mamet, American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and film director
To a pie soldier like me, making pies is work. Important work, tasty work, fun work. But still serious work. I agree with Mamet that stress disappears in the presence of pie.
So, today we begin a series of blogs on making pies. Consider this series Pie Making Boot Camp. Before you step into that kitchen, soldier, you’d better be prepared for whatever you may face. Pie Making: For the few, the proud, the bakers.
I imagine it beginning something like this:
“Do you want to bake pies, recruit?”
The drill sergeant moved into my personal space, his jet black eyes boring into mine.
“Um, sure. I love pie,” I mumbled, as I backed up against the island in my kitchen.
“I didn’t hear you clearly, recruit,” he bellowed, nose now one inch from my own.
“Yes! Yes, I want to bake pies.”
“Yes, what, recruit?” I didn’t dare fan the flour away from my face as it poofed off him and onto me.
“Yes sir, Sir!”
“On the counter recruit, and give me 20—crusts, I mean. And they better be flaky.”
Okay, maybe that’s extreme. Maybe.
But baking an excellent pie is both a basic skill and a skill that you’ll perfect over time. Over the next several days, we’ll help you think about what tools you need, how to create the perfect crust, specific tips for fruit and cream pies, and, lastly, we’ll recruit you for the mini pie revolution.
You ready for this? Then let’s begin.
Here are some basic tools you’ll want in your duffel bag—er, kitchen.
Just like a fiction writer needs a pen, a plumber needs a plunger, and an accountant needs a calculator, the baker of pies needs some basic tools. Of course, there are additional, non-essential tools for the more experienced baker (like the writer’s plotting software, the plumber’s water leak detectors, and the accountant’s financial forecasts). But first, let’s determine what’s essential.
These may not be essential, but they sure are nice to have.
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