Why I eat pie.



I love pie. Cake…eh. Pie a la mode…omg, yes! I can’t resist a warm flaky crust. Why is “flaky” a bad quality in a person but such a good quality in a pie?

Many people ask me, “as a dietitian, you eat pie?” It makes me laugh because when it comes to healthy eating, I’m damned if I do, and I’m damned if I don’t. If I eat a salad, then it’s “too healthy.” And if I eat pie, then it’s “not fair” that I get to eat that. It’s yet another example of our obsession of labeling food as good or bad. And it’s just not how I think of food, which is a tool I teach my friends and clients.

So, make a pie. Eat it. Maybe share it (if you have to).

Easy pie crust
makes 2 crusts (for the top/bottom of the pie)

– 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter, cubed and very cold
– 3 cups of all-purpose flour
– 1 tablespoon of sugar
– 1 teaspoon of salt
– 1/2 cup of ice water (ice discarded)

In a food processor, add the butter, flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse 10-15 times until the butter is in small pea-sized bits.

With the food processor running, slowly add the ice-cold water until the mixture just forms a ball. Turn off the machine and transfer the ball into a lightly-floured bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. If you are not going to use it right away, at this point you can keep this in the freezer for up to 1-2 months. Just defrost it in the refrigerator overnight so you can roll it out.

Separate the dough into two. On a lightly floured surface, roll each one out to fit a 9-inch pie tin to the edges. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes (I can’t emphasize this enough) before assembling the pie.

Most fruit pies will bake at 350 degrees for up to 60 minutes. I recommend an egg wash to help it brown nicely in the oven.

Happy Holidays and I’ll see you all next year!

Thomas Ngo, RD

P.S. The apple pie I made (above) has the same crust, just assembled differently. When I rolled it out, I used a cookie cutter to cut diamond shapes to layer like flower petals. Definitely not recommended for first time pie-makers.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Frugal Fish says:

    I love pie! It is an easy way to get a serving of fruit. I love my pie lightly toasted. I use pie crust covers, that cover just the rim of the pie. It keeps the edge from getting too dark as the center browns. Then the egg wash is not necessary.

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