It’s been rare lately that I’ve had the experience of feeling truly entranced when watching someone cook. I think it may have something to do with the interminable flash and noise of all those fucking reality cooking shows.
But this morning, when I watched Catherine Schon of Sassafras Catering make pie crust by hand in a video produced by Cooking Up a Story, I felt like a kid watching a magic trick. She turns the dry ingredients into a pie crust with such ease and speed it’s completely mystifying. The difference, of course, between Schon and a magician is that she’s actually telling you how the trick is done while she’s performing it, which makes the whole thing that much more magical.
Pie crust is one of those things where people either say it’s the hardest thing to do, or that it’s really simple. Whichever camp you're in, Schon presents some tips that will likely ease the pie-making process no matter who you are: