WHILE AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES MAY THINK THEY HAVE A LOCK ON THIS HOLIDAY, our neighbors to the North began expressing gratitude for survival in the New World over 40 years earlier. The official day has been moved around a bit, and the second Monday in October has been designated for the national celebration. This year it falls today, on October 14!
For runners and walkers training to participate in a Turkey Trot before feasting later in the day, (in the USA in November, or in Canada today), a reward, like a pie for dessert, might be part of their motivation.
To honor their culture and contributions to harvest banquets, Earned Runs is posting a pie crust recipe (below in image) provided on the container of a Canadian product, Tenderflake™. In a recent quest to make my own perfect homemade crust for summer fruit pies, and my husband’s favorite lemon meringue and family Thanksgiving pumpkin pies I discovered and tested it myself. The results were amazing. Vegans might outright reject Tenderflake* (its lard made from rendered pig fat), and butter lovers view it with disdain, but old-fashioned flaky-pastry lovers may embrace it’s use.
I am not a prolific pastry-baker, so on the special occasions that arise in which a I want to make a memorable and delicious homemade pie, about 2-3 times a year, the results obtained with Tenderflake make it a strong contender for pie crust shortening.
The news about lard isn’t as frightening as I imagined, as it contains no trans-fat (like hydrogenated vegetable products) and a bit less saturated fat (40%) as butter (54%), the darling of today’s cooking shows. Still, it’s not a health food, like any fat, and moderate use is advised by experts.
I combine it with another North American product, King Arthur brand unbleached, all-purpose flour, made in Vermont. I like that the protein content is listed on the packaging of its different flours, and that KA’s all-purpose flour is a bit higher (11.7%) than others (10.4-10.5%) according to information on the company’s website, but not as high as its bread flour (13%).
It is not a coincidence that the Earned Runs ‘Finisher’ sticker image posted each week shows pumpkin pies. To me this treat is symbolic of a bountiful harvest and my thankfulness for the sustaining food that our land and workers provide. And a reminder of the responsibility resting with me and others to protect the earth’s environment.
Happy Thanksgiving today to Canadians; we in the US will be following your lead next month, ready to run, walk, and then feast!
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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