Last week, we found out that Ryan and six or so of our dear friends were likely going to be laid off from their teaching jobs.
I didn’t know what to do.
So I baked a pie.
This is an easy recipe. Preheat the oven to 425.
1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tablespoons ice water
(just put the water in the freezer for 10 minutes prior…
makes a huge difference in the success of the crust. Learned that from my mama)
Blend the flour, salt, and margarine with a pastry blender or fork, then cut in the water a little bit at a time. It won’t seem like enough, but keep working at it. Don’t use your hands… the heat will melt the margarine and result in a heavy crust. Once it can be formed into a ball of dough that sticks together, flour a surface (like a countertop) and roll it out with a floured rolling pin.
2 cups toasted pecans and almonds, chopped
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tsp. cornstarch or arrowroot powder
2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
blend filling ingredients with a fork, then pour into pie crust
bake 20-24 minutes or until crust is lightly browned and filling is bubbling.