New tradition – 7 days of Fall baking

I made a pumpkin pie on a whim on Saturday. Sunday morning over pancakes no less, I started thinking about what fall thing I could bake. (I gained 5 pounds on vacation; baking should be the last thing on my mind!) However, it’s fall, it’s still in the 90′s outside each day and I want a piece of fall!

Chris suggested I start a tradition. Each year at this time, I do 7 days of baking. (Of course he suggested that!) I doubt it will be 7 days in a row, but we’ll see.

(I was also thinking how I liked Stephanie’s Pumpkin Round-Up, and this is along those lines.)

Day one: Nana’s Pumpkin Pie

It’s actually the pie from the Carnation label from the 50′s. It has more spice than the Libby’s recipe. It’s delicious! It’s been a family tradition until we started buying pumpkin pies at Costco. This year, I vow to make this again instead.

I also used my Nana’s crust recipe: (this is for 2 pies)

2 cups flour
1 cup shortening
1 3/4 tsp salt

Use a fork to cut shortening into flour and salt. Do this well. Then add ice water until the dough will form a ball and leave the sides of the bowl. Roll out on floured pastry cloth with a lightly floured covered rolling pin. Brush edges with milk and sprinkle with sugar. (I forgot to do this!)

This is the ONLY thing I will use shortening for. I avoid it otherwise.

The whipping cream lost it’s “whip” by day two since it wasn’t heavy whipping cream. Still delish none the less. I just whipped the cream, added some powdered sugar and vanilla to taste.

Family traditions and fall through to the holiday season…..love!

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8 thoughts on “New tradition – 7 days of Fall baking

  1. Good idea….Julia. And, you should wear a pearl necklace when you are baking!! (Hope you saw the movie “Julie and Julia”.

  2. I love this idea. I bake every weekend now- sometimes more frequently. I’ve been trying to develop recipes that are smaller so nothing sticks around too long, thus I can bake more often! Love you girl!

  3. Monica, we were just talking about how much more pumpkin pie we would eat (in one day) when it’s a Costco pumpkin pie, simply because there was more of it! Whereas I stick to one serving with my little normal sized pie, and it doesn’t linger around for days and days. Good idea just making small batches of things. I like that! I always hesitate on baking, but this is a good solution to having too many treats around. Love you too….miss you very much!!

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