I despise feeling bad about what I eat. There is no point to enjoying food, only to feel bad about what I just did to my body. Don’t get me wrong here. I will be enjoying my halloween candy leftovers from the kids’ bags on occasion. Preferably from the freezer, as that makes the chocolate oh, so much tastier. I guess what I am trying to say is, if I can help it, I like to feel good about eating most things, so I can have those little moments of excess and not feel so bad . It is back to that mainstay principle of balance. A little of this…a little of that. Eat a salad. Get the dessert. See how this works?
So when it comes to a staple of my fall diet…pie, I like to make sure that I make the crust in a remotely healthy way.
Now, I am not talking about the over the top, healthy nut crusts, but I am talking about an almost identical, you’d never know it isn’t lard, pie crust.
I have that recipe. Swear it! I am made a lot of crappy crusts looking for a good one, and I finally found it at the blog, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms, a great site for classic lebanese recipes (which are on my to-do list for sure!) but more so a blog with this great crust! She has some great directions that are way more involved than I will spell out here, but if you have never made a crust, that might be your guy. For those of you who have made a crust or three thousand, but are willing to try an oil crust, read on:
Now, the key is to use wax paper. Or parchment. But use waxed paper. Otherwise, you will get a delicious crust, but it will be so ugly, that you won’t want anyone to see how nice you are to bake them a pie. You will have to eat it yourself. Not that I know.
In it’s simplest form:
What do you think? This is a try. Must try. Try now. It is fall, people! That means chicken pies, apple pies, veggie pies, chocolate pies, squash pies, and on we go. A good crust will take you pretty far. Including into the freezer for use later. See? So versatile, and so much better for you than lard or hydrogenated whatever you think that is. So much better!