The H-I-J-K’s of Pie for TDay
Let’s continue with our next installment of the A-B-C’s of TDay Pie. Today we’ll be talking about the H-I-J-K’s of TDay Pie.
H is for Hot
Protect your hands from burns. Use a good set of oven mitts, gloves, or potholders. Never ever pick up anything that is hot hot hot with something that is wet. That wet towel or potholder will transfer that heat very quickly to your hand, and you probably will get burned and that is NOT going to feel good. So please, use a good set of potholders, heatproof gloves, or oven mitts, but before you put them on, plan your landing place, too.
Now, a landing place is something that we may not think about until we’ve removed that hot steaming pie, turkey, or casserole, from the oven, and we have no place to put it down. So, we try to hold and balance it with one hand, while clearing off a heat safe place on which to put it down with the other. Ever done this?
Please plan for this before that hot dish comes out. A potholder, or heat-proof glove, is not meant to hold a pipping hot vessel for two, three, or more minutes. No matter what the marketing materials say, heat, in time, will transfer to your hands if you hold it too long. So, please take this advice from one who has been there, plan your landing place. OK?
If you are looking for a suggestion or a gift idea for the baker or cook in your life, you might like to know about these. I love the set that I have.
H is for Humor
A day without a little humor is a day without _________. You can fill in the blank. I hope these pics might bring a smile to your face.
I is for Ice Cream
A freshly baked pie served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is my idea of a perfect…or shall we say…piefect meal. I mean, just look at this picture and think of all the food groups that are represented–Dairy, Eggs, Grains, Fats, and, since that is a rhubarb pie, Vegetables, too. Did you know that rhubarb is also known as pie plant? What about the calories, you say? Well, I think that the calories are all baked out and replaced with love, and love is a very good thing. So, go ahead and add the à la mode!
I is for Irish Pie
Want to make a pie using one of those delicious creamy Irish liqueurs? Here’s the recipe for Irish Cream Pie. I used Kerrygold Irish Cream but you can use whatever one you like. When I was in Ireland this spring, I saw many different offerings…and they are all good on oatmeal in the morning, too. 😉
J is for Juicy
Fruit that is juicy and sweet is exactly what I look for when I’m gathering ingredients for fruit fillings, but all that juice in the filling will expand while a pie is baking. That’s why the top of a pie puffs up when it comes right out of the oven, and five minutes or so later it has settled back down. Because of this, you could have a Clean the Oven Pie–that’s the pie that erupts over the side of the pan, and drips on to its floor causing smoke alarms to go off, a few choice words to be uttered, and the oven needing to be cleaned. Let’s not do that ok?
If you are using juicy fruits like berries, cherries, peaches, rhubarb, and such, fill the pan to about 1/2 inch below the rim. Then you won’t have to clean the oven. Oh, by the way, a nifty trick for super sensitive smoke alarms, is to cover it with a shower cap while you are preparing your meal. Please, be sure to take it off as your preparations are finished and the oven is off.
K is for Kindness
With my hands and heart, and the simplest of ingredients, I roll out a tender dough, place inside a filling bursting with ripe sweet fruit, bake it until it is all bubbling and steaming on the inside and golden brown outside, and then happily give it away. Sharing pie is a small act of kindness. Simply put, what pie means to me is that it is one small way that I can share the love that is inside of me.
How about you? If you care to share a comment, I’d love to hear about small acts of kindness you have experienced in your life.
And tomorrow? Well, we’ll continue with letters L-M-N-O-P.