This past week in my tizzy of what I’m foolishly calling a “quarter life crisis,” I decided to do some things that just felt good. No matter how you week is shaping up, I highly recommend you do at least one of the following things:
1. Go for a long run – always clears my head and makes me feel good. But please, please run on the grass – not the concrete – save your knees! Please! I feel like a grandma, but really, this is a good one to keep in mind :)
2. Treat yourself – latte…2% milk. Yeah.
3. Skype with that friend who you deeply miss. They will always make you smile and she’ll probably have a great story for you. And then you’ll realize that the two of you should probably be talking several times a week. (Get on the 10 minute conversation train! The closer I am to someone, the more often I call them, and it’s usually for just a quick “hello” or “oh my gosh, I just saw a tiny fluffy puppy being pushed in a stroller, and you had to know that immediately.”)
4. Have some alone time.
5. Make a lattice pie! It’s so easy and looks so fancy!
Seriously, this recipe was a piece of pie….That’s how that saying goes, right?
I’m not much of a pie-maker, but when it comes to a birthday pie, I’ll try my darnedest. Here’s how this went in my crazy brain: I totally should’ve made my own pie crust, but I didn’t have enough time *shock-and-horror* I know. So I decided making it look absolutely fabulous was the key. Also, it’s not exactlyyyy raspberry season, so I got frozen berries and as a result was freaked out that it would be too juicy when we cut into it. So I overcompensated with the cornstarch. And I hate when berry pies are too sweet, so I cut way down on the sugar. I know baking is a technical science, but I basically threw the recipe out the window :D And when we cut into it, it didn’t run at all, had a perfect sweet-tartness to it, and looked stunning.
Here’s what I did:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together:
-5 c. raspberries (if frozen – thawed) (or any other berry you prefer)
-1/2 c. sugar (another 1/4 c. if you like it sweeter)
-5 Tbsp. cornstarch
-the zest of one lemon
Butter a 9 inch pie plate, and line it with:
-1 pie dough round – I used store-bought (there should be extra dough hanging slightly over the sides)
Pour the filling into the shell and then prepare the top of the pie by cutting the other dough round into long 1 inch wide strips, and then arrange it in a lattice pattern like so: http://www.annies-eats.com/2010/11/19/how-to-make-a-lattice-pie-crust/ Cut the excess dough and crimp the edges.
In a small bowl, beat:
Using a pastry brush, carefully “paint” the egg wash on the pie dough, being sure to avoid any large globs of egg. Sprinkle the egg-washed dough with:
-2 Tbsp. course sugar
Bake the pie at 400 degrees for 45-55 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
Let the pie cool before cutting into it, and enjoy!
**French phrase for fun:
J’adore heure de l’apéro.
I love appetizer hour.