Then I realized that 11,100,000 results come up in 0.24 seconds when you Google the phrase "pie crust recipe," and that describing the few steps to making a pie crust wasn't just the most obvious topic in the history of pie blogs, it was also the most boring idea I'd ever had.
So I decided to do things a little differently.
I had been itching to try out a new iPhone camera lens that this guy had gotten me for Christmas - a macro lens that magnetically attaches to the outside of your cell phone's camera - and rationalized that this was the perfect opportunity to blend my pie crust post and my new (nerdy) gadget. I mean, who hasn't stopped cold in the middle of making a pie to wonder "gee, if only I knew exactly what this flour looked like close up!" Well, I sure have.
I'll call it "pietography."
How to Make a Pie Crust - In Six Simple Steps but Many Accompanying Pictures
1 cup flour
1/3 cup Crisco shortening
A glass of ice water
1.) Pour the flour into a large bowl
|1 cup of flour in a large mixing bowl|
|Flour, leveled with a knife|
|Flour on a knife|
2.) Add a dash of salt
|Grains of salt|
|Yes, I poured salt all over my kitchen table to get this shot|
|The (topless) salt shaker|
|So. many. grains. of. salt. And this is just a dash!|
3.) Cut the shortening into smaller slabs, add into bowl
|1/3 cup Crisco on a cutting board|
|Crisco on the edge of a knife|
|Flour/salt/Crisco in large mixing bowl|
4.) Mix the flour/shortening/salt
|A pastry cutter makes this step a lot easier|
5.) Slowly add some ice water and begin to kneed the dough
|A glass of ice water|
|Ice Cube - the frozen water, not the rapper|
6.) Form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
|Ball of kneaded dough|
|Dough isn't very photogenic up close. Sorry, dough.|
|Dough on the edge of the pastry cutter|
The "normal" photos were all taken with my iPhone, sans special lens. The close-ups were all taken with the Photojojo Macro lens for iPhone. Let's hear it for iPhoneography!