Edible Education at Evergreen is a whole new experience now that we have an established classroom kitchen space and an oven. Specifically, the experience is round, crusty, sometimes sweet and sometimes savory... It's all about the PIE in here these days!
On our first day together, we explored how flour, butter, salt and water can come together to form the perfect flaky pie crust, or the perfect pasty play dough, depending on a few very important factors.
On week two we dove into a huge pile of apples, picked just the day before down in Henderson county. These fresh apple varieties all had different flavors and textures and students blended them together to create their very own perfect apple filling.
We learned that it takes some special knife skills and a lot of practice to slice, peel, and core apples. But, we worked together and got it done. And then came the task of learning how to roll our the dough, filling it, cutting it and pinching the edges. Again, harder than it looks!
But, here they are! An oven filled with delicious apple pies ready for baking...a bit imperfect in presentation, perhaps, but not bad for a first try at it. I was quite proud of these pie makers. Pie making is tricky business!
Week three began with a lesson about how to use a food processor to "cheat" and make a homemade pie crust REALLY fast (and delicious). We made a savory tart crust, with a bit of cornmeal and an egg, rather than milk or water. While the crusts were chilling, I presented the kids with the challenge...we were going to make CSA Pies! We had just received our CSA box from Terra Preta farms and the challenge was to create pies using just these ingredients.
So, we sauteed and caramelized and roasted to prepare our ingredients: oven roasted eggplant, sweet potato, and zucchini, caramelized onion, garlic sauteed greens, with a sprinkling of cheese of course. And, oh yeah, how about those eggs! A few kids made quiches. Look at these beauties!
Students gobbled up their pies with a side of salad greens tossed in olive oil and lemon juice. Afternoon snack doesn't get much better than this.