Oh how I love October. The weather is warming up, the birds are full of song... and it's (was) my birthday! I found myself pondering life a bit when I hit my birthday this year. Where I have been, what I want to do, where I'd like to go etc etc. when it dawned on me that I have lived in my home country for as long as I haven't! I was shocked when I came to that conclusion and perhaps a wee bit sad. This time of year has me longing for home the most. A beautiful changing season, pumpkins, turkeys and ghouls! I am getting to the pastry bit, I promise. Having spent so much time away from home you would think I would have lost touch with some of my roots and Canadian traditions. I am a traditional girl at heart though with a strong hope that my kids grow up with a whole lot of Canadian in 'em. With Thanksgiving now a few weeks ago and Halloween around the corner our house has been a flurry of pumpkin carving, Halloween preparations and ...wait for it...wait for it...pie baking! Whew! She got there! I guess the conclusion I have come up with through this long online rambling is that you can take the girl out of Canada, but you can not take the Canada out of the girl.
I have discovered a simple pastry from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Roadhouse Cookbook. I have made it 4 times in the last three weeks and it hasn't let me down. I don't normally make my own pastry this often but it's pie season people! So in honour of the awesome pies out there and my love for them I give you...
Pie series no. 1 - The Perfect Pastry (in my opinion)
Place flour and salt into food processor and pulse until combined. Cube the butter and lard and add to the processor. I just used 1/2 cup of butter and omitted the lard. Once the mixture resembles small peas slowly add iced water until dough is just combined. Don't over work it. Turn out onto floured surface. Roll and place in 9 inch pie pan. Chill in fridge while you make your filling.
I may be missing the beautiful autumn and my family at home, but spring is in the air here. There is only 7 weeks left of the school year before it's the summer holidays filled with beaches camping and Aussie sun. So I guess, I am one lucky girl who can have her pie and eat it too.