I first made the Buttery All-Purpose Crust as directed by Teeny:
- 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
- 2 t. salt
- 2 T. sugar
- 3/4 c. cold unsalted butter (cut into pieces)
- 1/4 c. vegetable shortening
- 1/4 c. cold vodka (I took mine straight from the freezer)
- 6 T. cold water
I sifted the dry ingredients together, then added the butter and shortening and cut everything together with a pastry cutter. The liquid ingredients were added next, a little bit at a time. Everything was mixed with a rubber spatula and formed into a ball. The ball was divided into two, and each was pressed into a disc. I placed one disc in the freezer for later use, the other I refrigerated for one hour, then rolled out and placed in a greased pie pan and baked at 350 for about 25 minutes.
The filling also took a bit of work. Ingredients include:
- 2 c. whole milk (divided)
- 3 T. cornstarch
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 t. freshly grated peeled ginger (Teeny recommends a microplane, and I followed this advice and can assure you that Teeny is absolutely right about this)
- 3 T. butter
First I whisked together the 1 3/4 c. milk and the honey until the honey was dissolved (this did not take long). Next I whisked the remaining milk with the cornstarch and yolks until smooth. This then went into the saucepan with the rest of the milk and honey. Everything was cooked over a medium heat while whisking constantly, this continues even after it starts to boil (when constant whisking and scraping becomes even more important to prevent scorching). The mixture boiled until thick, but still pourable and removed from the heat. The grated ginger and butter were stirred in, and then the mixture was poured into the pre-baked pie crust. The pie was then covered with plastic wrap to prevent a film from forming, and placed in the refrigerator to set. Teeny says it needs at least two hours. I had made this the night before, so it was nicely set and easy to cut after our meal on Thursday.
Teeny also admonishes bakers (and eaters) not to "skimp on the whipped cream". Right again, Teeny!