My name is Kristen and I am a pastryphobe. [Well, pastry-making-phobe. I assure you, I have no fear of eating it.]
I know there must be other pastryphobes out there, because every Pie Crust 101 primer you read is just one long list of things you absolutely must do just right in order to avoid crappy crust: ice water! cold butter! don’t handle it too much! don’t stretch the dough! watch out for over-browning!
Listen up, pie recipe writers. I’m anxious enough already when trying something new. If you’re giving me a recipe in which that many things can go wrong, it’s like giving a hypochondriac access to WebMD: I already know all those calamities are about to befall me, so I may as well just lie down on the couch and order a pizza instead.
But, determined to overcome my fear, I decided to just go for it.