Pie Crust Without A Rolling Pin? Is it possible?
The other day I was making pie crust for Tuesdays With Dorie's Double Crusted Blueberry Pie (I'll be posting that tomorrow) when I realized that I didn't have a rolling pin! I left my good one with my son when we left Vermont. I figured "What would I need a rolling pin for in the boat?" This isn't the first time I needed a rolling pin and it probably won't be my last either. I really should confiscate it next time we go back to visit.
Exercise Those Muscles~ Reach for That Bottle!
Everyone that knows me, knows I have at least a case of wine hanging around at any given time. Yeah...I couldn't fit a rolling pin on the boat, but I can always seem to find room for a case of wine! I made my pie crust and then I remembered using a bottle of wine as a stand-in rolling pin for a previous project. Ta-Da! Instant rolling pin! I always have a bottle of white wine chilling in the fridge, so I had a nice COLD rolling pin to roll out the pastry.
Flaky Pie Crust Recipe
It worked like a charm. The pie crust never stuck to the bottle and it rolled out nice and even. You can use your favorite pie crust recipe or you can try my favorite Flaky Pie Crust Recipe. I've been making it since 1989 and it's never let me down! The directions aren't hard, just substitute a bottle of wine for the rolling pin! So, if you ever find yourself without a rolling pin, reach for that bottle of wine on your shelf. It may just be the best pie you ever make!
And you know what the best part was? I opened the bottle when I was done and had a glass of chilled 2005 White Truck white wine! I've used the cheap stuff and the more expensive stuff, but in the end, the pie crust still tastes the same! As I stood there sipping my wine and patting myself on the back, I marveled at just how easy pie crust could be. Julia Child often had an open bottle of wine on her cooking shows and drank while she was cooking. What? And you thought the wine was just for her recipes? If it was good enough for Julia, it's good enough for me! Ahhh...now that's what I call a hard day of baking!
Blueberry Pie and a Bottle of Wine!
You can find the recipe for my Blueberry Pie here. It looks good, doesn't it? I'm telling you, it was the bottle that made all the difference!