Can Bake A Berry Pie
So Herman’s daughter Hermenia and
her husband go blue berry picking one day. Why is this newsworthy
to me? Well, first of all, I don’t care for blue berries,
but Herman really loves them. Hermenia brought by two containers
of blue berries and Herman was eating them every morning
He got it into his mind, however, to make
a homemade blue berry pie. We couldn’t find any pre-made
pie crust up here in Caroga Lake, so Herman got out his
trust Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book and found a recipe
for both pie crust and filling.
This was on a Monday evening. I was on the
phone speaking to my sister, Linda, when I heard this awful
commotion coming from the kitchen. It evidently was the
mixer, mixing up pie batter. After I got off the phone,
I decided to go to bed watching the Olympics on TV.
By the time I was falling asleep, Herman
came in and reported that the pie was in the oven. When
I asked him what the filling was made out of, he responded,
“Blue berries, flour, sugar and lemon juice.”
But more importantly, I asked how he rolled out the crust,
since I knew we didn’t have a rolling pin. Seems a
normal long neck beer bottle will also do the trick.
Now, as I said before, I don’t like
blue berries, but Herman assured me that the pie was excellent.
When I was able to bake, my specialty was banana bread,
and I could make a mean banana bread. I’m not much
of a fruit pie person, what I do love is chocolate pie.
Just make up a batch of chocolate pudding and put it in
a graham cracker crust and refrigerate and I’m a happy
Herman has surprised me with a couple of
other baking forays. He’s made apple pie in a pre-made
crust, cake from a mix, corn bread from a mix and he loves
putting various fruits in pancakes. But the blue berry pie
from “scratch” with hand picked berries takes
the cake- or pie, in this case.
What Herman really does well is a hollandaise
sauce from scratch. So I can have eggs Florentine on special
mornings when he has his eggs benedict and we both feel
like we’ve eaten out at a five star restaurant. Herman
states his favorite meal is breakfast anyway.
But back to the berries. Herman has been
eating berry pie for several days now. He tells me stories
of his mother baking elderberry pie, black berry pie and
other such pies you don’t see these days. I guess
he’s following in his mother’s footsteps.
"Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an
acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous
columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"