Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Leftover Dough

(Courtesy of Martha Stewart)

The scraps of dough that get left behind when a pie heads for the oven can be turned into delectable little treats. Be imaginative: Cut your leftover dough into strips, and practice your lattice-weaving technique; braid, twist, or tie the dough in knots; scrunch it into a free-form fan. Sprinkle them all with cinnamon and sugar before you pop them in the oven. Or pinch the sides of a flat circle into a cup, and drop a dollop of jam into the center to make a miniature tart. Since these tiny pastries take only about 10 minutes to bake (remove them from the oven as soon as they turn golden brown), you can be nibbling on them while your pie's still half-baked.

When I was young - and my mom made a pie - the treats she made with the left over dough were always my favorite. I let my kids take over this job. They really love it and create all kinds of interesting things!

1 comment:

Jen@The Cottage Nest said...

When I was growing up we called these Grandma Jenny's pie crusts because that is what my great-grandmother always did with them, only we put melted butter on them first. I've continued this tradition with my girls too.

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