November 01, 2006

Pie Makes the World Go Round

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Here’s some fun news, someone offered to give me money to bake pies for them! I’d do it for free just cause it’s fun for me, but getting paid to do something I like is even better. This individual had tasted a piece of pie I made for someone else, decided they liked it and wanted more. Sweet. They didn’t even care what flavour I made, they just wanted pie. Since they were paying me I wanted to ensure that they’d like what I put in so I asked what their favourite fruit was. Turns out it’s cherries. They’re not exactly in season right now but I do have a fairly large supply of cherries in the freezer that I picked at my Grandparents orchard this summer. That being said, I also didn’t want to make exclusively cherry pies and I thought something seasonal might also be nice. Something from my backyard might be nice too, nice and convenient. Since I don’t think a squash and cherry pie would go over so well, apples were the obvious choice. I made two apple pies, an apple-cherry pie and a straight cherry pie. I still had dough and fruit left over when I was finished, but not enough for an entire pie.

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Mom had been through the kitchen earlier asking which pie was for us and seemed somewhat disappointed when I told her none of them. When I realized I had leftovers I figured I’d throw them together into something I like to call apple-cherry rustica. I rolled out my extra pie dough, made a ring of apples in the middle and filled the ring with cherries. Then I folded the extra dough over the top. Dessert was made in no time.

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I’ve been doing lots with apples lately because I have so many of them. One of the nicest and simplest things to do with an apple is to slice it up and to drizzle the slices with caramel. It made for a great afternoon snack while reading The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain, which, after eons of waiting, (I believe I started at number 300 on the waiting list) I finally got from the library.


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13 comments:

Becky said...

These pies look delish! Do you have a good pie crust recipe? I've been on the hunt for one for ages - my mom has a great one, but insists on keeping it a secret from me for a while longer... crazy old ladies! :)

wheresmymind said...

Getting paid to do something you love is so much fun...I love doing photography part time for that reason :)

Anonymous said...

Getting paid for baking is my dream... hence why I am going to culinary school - haha.

Looks really awesome.

Anonymous said...

those apples with the caramel look like tiger stripes. :)

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

So many pumpkin recipes this week! This one is simple but effective, highlighting the beautiful sweet taste all pumpkins have hidden away...

Ivonne said...

Way to go, Brilynn! And I can completely understand why someone would pay you for your pies. They're gorgeous!

ilingc said...

apple and cherry pie yumm..
wish someone paid me to bake them something. actually, the satisfaction for me is probably more on the baking side than the money side.

artizen flair said...

Bri I LOVE that someone offered to pay you for a taste of your food! It's one of the biggest compliments that you could recieve and adds to the passion you already possess for cooking!

Excellent looking pies! Here pies are mostly savoury, and are still divine, although I must admit I'm a sucker for a good sweet pie with cream piled on top!

Good on ya darling! <3

coffeepot said...

Looks great and to get paid is a dream come true.

I used to get paid to cook breakfast.. but it wasn't the same because I had to deal with houseguests, local health department, and book keeping at the same time.

ugg..so glad to be out of all that.

Brilynn said...

Becky- I've tried all sorts of pie crusts, the one I've been using the most is called Flaky Pie Crust and is from a June 2000 issue of Bon Appetit. It's worth giving a try.

Monisha said...

I think it's very cool, to get paid for what you enjoy doing, way to go!!
Love what you've done with leftovers, signs of a smart cook in the kitchen!

Pam said...

Looking at these pies makes me so hungry! I'm sure they're absolutely delicious.

People keep telling me I should open a bakery, but since I'm a part-time grad student who also works full-time, that's not exactly possible at the moment. However, it is a good feeling when someone actually pays you for your baked goods. My first 'paid good' was a wedding cake I did a few weeks ago. It was awesome. You & Wilbur need to keep up the good (& tasty) work!

gattina said...

I don't like cherry (in pie) alone, obviously you made a very smart choice. Very beautiful Brilynn!