I’ve been copying posts from my old Xanga blog to a document for safe keeping today and I came across this delightful post from 2004 which I feel the need to share again. My thoughts on pie remain adamantly so formed:
Originally posted, Tuesday, November 23, 2004
I get to make pies tomorrow morning. On Sunday, my sister made the comment that she was tired of apple pie. I consider that statement to be utter sacrilege. There is no way a good human being can be tired of apple pie unless they have made a pact with the devil. That is my firm belief. But then, my sister is far more of a chocolate fanatic than I, and apple pie does not go well hand-in-hand with chocolate. But in my opinion, cinnamon can take the place of chocolate in most situations - I do not disavow the necessity for chocolate at certain points in everyone's life, but cinnamon is a close partner in satisfaction.
That stated, you now have my views on chocolate and cinnamon, but have you completely caught my love of pie? I hereby state emphatically that pie is next to godliness. In almost any form, pie is the perfect dessert. And fruit pie is the perfect dessert, or breakfast, or lunch, or even dinner. I'm not a great fan of blueberry pie - I prefer my blueberries to still resemble berries, nor am I a great fan of cherry pie, unless it is homemade without using that canned slop. But apple, raspberry, multi-berry, even peach pies are edible at any time, in any place. Pumpkin pies are best when enjoyed with a slathering of whipped cream on top, and are also edible for most meals of the day.
Making pie crust is a delicate art, one which I strive to perfect, though my father is leaps and bounds ahead of me in the practice--and he's only been making pies for three years. A good pie crust is light, buttery, flaky, etc. It falls apart when one's fork punctures it, and the innards of the pie should ooze all over the plate, tempting the eater to lick his plate when finished with his pie (reason X why pie should be enjoyed solitarily, so that the eater can lick his plate without facing censure from society). A good pie crust is not at all sweet - thus giving the eater the joy of the sweetness (preferably tart sweetness) of the pie innards without interference from the crust.
One final note - it is my firm belief that crumble tops are of the devil - they are cop-outs to making a pie top and get soggy too quickly.
In her own defense, Loren posted this comment:
My dear little sister >:)~
I am mortally anguished by your associating my boredom with apple pie and any sort of pact with the devil…But then, come to think of it, there is certainly a common link made between that dark creature and chocolate…No, I will not recant!
Much love, Loren