A few years ago, I made terrible pies. No really. They were not good. They were runny, caved in.
In short, not cute.
But I kept at it. Now I can honestly say I know how to make a good pie.
Throughout my pie (mis)adventures, I learned a few things about pie making that I think apply to life as well. These are my pearls of wisdom:
1. Be patient.
Pies, like all good things, take time. Your crust needs to rest. First as a ball of dough (at least a few hours). Then as a rolled pie crust (at least an hour, better if a day).
Give it time and keep it cool. It’ll be worth it in the end.
2. When life gives you ____, make pie.
In this case, peach pie.
Leave the skin on, sometimes things are better when they’re a little rough around the edges. Remember, pies (and you) don’t need to be perfect.
3. Be generous with the sugar.
Both in pies and in life, the more sugar, the better. Smile at strangers. Hug your friends. Kiss your loved ones. You won’t regret it.
4. Don’t forget a little spice.
A dash of cinnamon makes most pies delicious. A little sass in your life won’t hurt either. Just a dash. Not too much. No one likes a diva.
5. Sometimes things don’t go your way…
and you drop a piece of the filling on the floor.
When things fall apart, wipe it up and carry on.
6. Fill your life with sweet things.
I’m not talking about inducing diabetes, sometimes a sweet thing doesn’t have to be food. Nice people. Good books. Cute puppies. All sweet things.
7. Don’t be afraid to get complicated
Even if in the end it’s not perfect. It’ll be worth the effort.
8. If you’re not ready for a pie in the oven yet, wrap it up.
Yeah I said it. Truth.
9. Lastly, like the first lesson, be patient some more.
It’s a long process, and takes about an hour to bake (at 375F). But in the end it’s totally worth it. Can’t we say that about most things… degrees. relationships. work.