So justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not reach us.
We look for light, but all is darkness;
for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
I have no picture, alas, but yesterday evening Nadia and I made this amazing berry pie. Here is the recipe:
Pop-Pop’s Fruit Pie
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 cup shortening
6 cups blackberries or other fruit
5 cups mixed berries
5 ounces maple syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
5 ounces hot water
6 tablespoons corn starch
6 tablespoons cold water
For the crust: Mix flour, sugar and salt in a bowl; set aside. In another bowl stir together the water, vinegar and egg; set aside. In a mixer or with a paddle, add shortening to the first bowl and mix until it resembles sand. Add the second mixture and stir until moist. Remove dough from bowl and form into two rounds. Roll both rounds to a 1/8-inch thickness, then put one in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet and bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.
For the filling: When the crust is cool, fill it to the top with fruit; Horst recommends blackberries. In a food processor blend mixed berries, maple syrup, brown sugar and hot water. Note: We simply put the frozen mixed berries into a big pot, added the ingredients listed, and boiled everything down, stirring/whisking frequently. No need for a food processor. Pour into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Mix the corn starch and cold water, whisk the mixture into the pan until it thickens, then pour hot over the berries. Top pie with the other layer of crust, or your favorite pie topping, bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
Calories per serving 491
Fat 18 grams
Fresh out of the oven and topped with vanilla ice cream, I thought I had a little bite of heaven in my mouth.
I also made pitas again yesterday and then ate nothing the rest of the day but pitas with honey and then, later, pitas with hummus (I have to try making that from scratch, too. It seems like it would be easy if I had a food processor). And, of course, pie. The extra deliciousness of homemade bread products continues to astound me no matter how often I bake.