It is about the butta.
Or sweet and salty. Or perfecting the basic pastry crust. Sigh.
I am learning every week. As a vender at the Healdsburg Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays. I bake cookies, brownies and pie. Cookies are my friends. But I am perfecting one cookie and two brownie recipes. They are winners because of my customers in the market: Raisin Dusted Oatmeal cookies, Cranberry oatmeal white chocolate cookies, Salted Caramel Brownie, and Raspberry dusted brownie. I have been picking blackberries on the farm and in the creek by my house, so I thought, ummm: pie. New product: Tart, any fruit. As I get my kitchen Aid out, (my old iron horse mixer keeps working) but it means…the crust. I made it by hand (first time) with the pastry blender with my girlfriend. By hand? I needed some support. It was ok. But I use my old pal mixer now.
It must be flaky, sweet, and not dry. I have tried many recipes to make the perfect crust. I know, there is a home baker out there who knows what I am saying. Through my failures, I can say, unsalted butter and Crisco is the way to go. My mom swears by shortening. She is right….but it needs butter too, unsalted butter. When you roll the dough out with the unsalted butter and Crisco, (it is soft), you can see bits the butter in the dough, and you know it will be, well…..Perfection. I may not be an authority in making the ideal crust, it is my experience. Oh, put the bowl, beaters, butter, flour, sugar, Crisco in the fridge to get cold….burr. Use ice water with an egg. I know, a lot to do but means a flaky tender crust.
I bake modern cookies, brownies and pie. Raisin Dusted Oatmeal Cookies, Raspberry Dusted Brownie, Pistachio Dusted White Chocolate Chip Cookies, Salted Caramel Apple Cookies, Salted Caramel Brownie, Rustic Wild Blackberry Hand Pie. The fruit in the cookies are freeze-dried and I turn it to a powder. So, modern. 9-1-Yum.
See me at the Healdsburg Farmer’s Market: Wed. 3:30-6p in ’14.
Fun. Kids creations at the zucchini races saturday.
Evita is finished. ): Do cry for me……ha
My mom,(84 young) is a gifted painter. Check out her watercolor prints. Art page.