INDEPENDENCE. I thought I might escape my proverbial "4th of July Pie Guilt Trip" this year. It's no secret I have a fear of this All-American dessert - which everyone seems to make - much better than I (or is that 'me')? I'd gladly have passed on Baked Sunday Mornings Blackberry Pie selection, if it weren't for my dad. On a Costco outing yesterday, we stood looking a their selection of organic blackberries. He raved how much he loved this berry. After that surge of guilt ran through me, along with an eye roll - into my cart they went.
Even with my limited knowledge of pie-making, I questioned the recipe's instructions to "fold under and crimp" the bottom crust. Since this is a double crust, isn't it normal to crimp "after" the top crust is applied? Like an idiot, I crimped. Then re-crimped it all over again with the top crust. I made two mini-pies, so you can imagine the carpal-tunnel-crimping involved.
After a few stabs with the knife, egg wash and sanding sugar - my obligatory 4th of July pies were made. I hope they're half as delicious as they smelled (as I'm sure the BAKED boys wouldn't disappoint). They escaped my taste-test, as I delivered them to my folks - along with a sparkler.
• HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY •