The Apple of my Pie

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“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness” ~Jane Austen

Heirloom Depression era pie recipes...in person.

Since opening our licensed kitchen, creating wonderful heirloom foods, I have made a LOT of pies. I was efficient before, but boy, let me tell you, when running a “made-to-order” bakery that gives each customer the freshest and most delicious product possible, you learn to be even better. Yes, there is always room in our heads to learn more.  My customers often comment on how hard making pies is for them, or time consuming…or both.  I’m very glad I can make pies for them.  🙂  I love it and feel blessed to be able to do “work” that is a passion.

Not only do I sell baked goods, but I have also spent years teaching people heritage cooking and baking.

Practice does help, but so does the simple fact…knowing it isn’t that hard.

The intent was to take a photo of a nice pie. My family had other ideas...when I came back to take the shot...there were a few holes in my plan. I suppose that is a compliment.

If I could inspire novice pie makers, I would somehow help them to see that they are “creating” and engaging with the natural world by transforming flour and butter into pastry to hold something as beautiful as an apple or peach.  They are “knowing” their food.  They are serving their creation to others for enjoyment and nurturing.  Pretty cool.

Recently, to dispell myths about how difficult pie making can be, I made two videos and put them on YouTube.  Mind you, they are unusual to say the least.

My point was…HAVE FUN IN YOUR KITCHEN! While showing some basic techniques.

Click the Links below to open the videos on YouTube:

Pie Pastry Fun

Pie Fillings – Easy (and friends love to watch 😉 )

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About vkhanson

Travel back to simpler times. Experience for yourself the heritage skills of your choosing. Enjoy hearty foods and beverages while hands-on experiencing soap making, bread making, home canning, making jams and jellies, pies and more. Learn how these skills were made using old tools and seeing how today's technology can cut time and effort to a serious minimum. This is all undertaken in an 140 year old home, beautifully preserved. Now...you can stay here too! Amanda's Bequest, a Heritage Farmstay Bed & Breakfast is now available at Bygone Basics. An absolutely fabulous experience while gaining skills you will use to reduce food costs, ensure the safety of your foods, and re-live a piece of heritage that is fast becoming lost. Travel down Old Channel trail in Montague enjoying the magnificent view above White Lake. Enter Bygone Basics, located in the impressive parsonage, now known as "Amanda's Bequest," built in 1874 for the Ferry Memorial Church and then painstakenly moved (Rather than be destroyed). This is a great activity for female friends, bridal parties, generations of families, spouses, co-workers and so on. Each group is privately held so no extra people are involved. It is held in an atmosphere of laughter, great stories, and hearty food. Each Experience is priced based on the number of persons in the group and the type of experience. Times are flexible. Remember....a gift certificate would be a fabulous idea to ensure quality time with a friend or someone else who is special.

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