Aunt Emma's Never Fail Pie Crust

3 c sifted flour
1 1/4 c Shortening
1 tsp salt
1 egg, well beaten
5 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp vinegar

Cut shortening into flour and salt.
Combine egg, water, and vinegar in a separate bowl.
Pour liquid into flour mixture all at once. Blend with spoon until flour is all moistened.
It can be re-rolled without toughening. Will keep in refrigerator for two weeks or divide into balls enough for one pie and wrap in Saran wrap and freeze indefinitely.

Makes 2 crusts

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Three Cheers for Gruyere

This week's recipe from Around My French Table is "Cauliflower- Bacon Gratin". Oh boy, cheers follow:
#1 Bacon
#2 Gruyere cheese
#3 Who cares?

Honestly, this dish was AWESOME!

As usual, Dorie's recipe is well-written, is easy to follow, making it easy to succeed. The dish is rich; it's soft and creamy. And it's warm. I'm in love.

One head of cauliflower is cooked in boiling water and broken into florets over a buttered 9X13 pan.  Cooked bacon pieces are scattered over the top.  Eggs and flour are combined in a bowl along with heavy cream and milk. The mixture is seasoned with salt, freshly ground pepper and grated nutmeg.  You stir in about 2/3 cup of grated Gruyere cheese and pour the whole thing over the cauliflower.  Scatter more cheese over top and bake for 25 minutes.

Dorie suggests serving it with a roast, or even just a salad. The bacon can be replaced by ham; different spices and herbs can be added. 

Like I said, awesome, right? 


  1. This was indeed awesome! Happy New Year!

  2. It was a great dish! I was surprised as I was a little disappointed that it was the last selection of the year when I read the schedule, but in the end I had to fess up that it was truly delightful!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Amen! Bacon & cheese make for a perfect pairing, don't they?
    Happy New Year!

  4. I agree - with bacon and cheese you can't go wrong, that's what I was thinking when I read the recipe! Happy New Year to you;-)

  5. Right. Very awesome and tasted very well.
    Happy new year to you and your loved ones.

  6. You are SO right with your count down - too funny !! This cauliflower recipe got put into play early in our house and it was a big hit all year. LOVE it. Nana is a big fan of this as well. Yours looks amazing as well. Happy 2012 !!