Easy Canola Pastry
Mar11

Easy Canola Pastry

This is a new technique to many where the dough is crumbly and then simply patted into the pie shell. It’s easy enough for a kid to make and a lot less messy than most. The small amount of sugar and milk helps the pastry brown. We made an apple & black raspberry crumble pie to test it.  The pastry was superb…tender and flavourful. 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) all purpose flour  1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) granulated sugar  1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt ½...

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Utterly Awesome Maple Butter Tarts!
Apr30

Utterly Awesome Maple Butter Tarts!

After a flurry of comments and shares on an Instagram post I did of Stacey Kanelos’ butter tarts, I decided to take a run at them myself. Here’s the recipe. You’ll need 12 deep tart shells. I made them with a sweetened lard pastry using locally-milled whole wheat cake and pastry flour. I usually add sugar to pastry when I’m baking a fruit pie. Weigh about an ounce of pastry for each shell, roll into a ball and flatten with the...

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Spring Rhubarb Pie
May18

Spring Rhubarb Pie

It was called ‘Pie Plant’ because it makes such incredibly good pies and every early farm home in Canada had at least one good patch. Kids used the huge leaves as hats while dipping the sour stalks in small bowls of sugar. We made it into crisps and cobblers, stews and chutneys. Now that my own patch is far away from a toxic black walnut tree, it’s flourishing and this year, I have enough to freeze and to bake into...

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Great-Grandma’s Sour Cream Apple Pie
Sep21

Great-Grandma’s Sour Cream Apple Pie

As many realize, a recipe can be a chronicle of a way of life. My now 98 year-old mother wrote: “We always called this ‘Dutch-apple pie.’  It was quite a favourite in my growing-up years.  I recall vividly my grandmother making it.  She was from Prussia.  The sour cream came, of course, from the cream can in the cellar.  That cream can held the makings of our home-churned butter, sour cream for mother’s biscuits, etc.  What was left...

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Saskatoon Berry Pie
Aug20

Saskatoon Berry Pie

3 to 4 cups (750 mL to 1 L) saskatoons 1 Tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice 2/3 cup (150 mL) granulated sugar 1/4 cup (60 mL) tapioca or flour Canola Oil Pie Crust 1 1/2 cups  (375 mL) flour 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) granulated sugar 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt 2 Tbsp (30 mL) cold 1% milk 1/2 cup (125 mL) canola oil Optional Topping 1/2 cup (125 mL) all purpose flour 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar 3 Tbsp (45 mL) canola margarine Instructions: Combine...

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