This folksy playlist is the product of years of pie baking, patch-worked together as I’ve discovered songs I like and that fit its vibe. It’s got just enough of a beat to tap your toes along to while you’re rolling out crust, great lyrics for easy sing-alongs, and a few good kitchen-dancing tracks! Sometimes when I’m missing fresh air and open spaces, I put this on, hit shuffle, and imagine quiet summers spent reading in the grass in Ohio. I’ve found it’s a great playlist to listen to while hanging out with other people and just chilling on your own. Enjoy!
It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out that basket weaving wasn’t a part of everyone’s elementary school curriculum. I’m completely serious. It wasn’t until college that I was disillusioned of the naive idea that at some point in third grade everyone in America learned how to weave the cylindrical basket typically used by the Shakers or a basket of colorful reeds like those of the Iroquois or other native tribes of the Great Lakes basin. Obviously you would learn the traditions of whatever Native American Nation or cult-like religious congregation was predominant in the history of your area, but you learned them, dammit.
So that’s why I find it difficult to describe how to weave a lattice crust with words alone, because I want to say, “you weave over and under, like a basket,” with the assumption that everyone has this frame of reference. But that is, apparently, not the case. With that in mind, my second crust tutorial is a series of pictures meant to demonstrate how to weave a basic lattice crust (with some small commentary beneath). Continue reading