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Substituting butter for the shortening didn’t seem like a bad idea, but after refrigerating the dough for several hours, as the recipe claimed was the most important step, the dough was so stiff I couldn’t roll it out. I let it set for a half hour and tried again. The dough was still hard, and I didn’t get it as thin as I should, but I went ahead and baked it. I almost needed a chain saw to cut it.
I debated whether to throw the whole thing out, but the filling was perfect, and I really wanted some apple pie. After some thought, I made a single crust (skipped the refrigeration so it rolled out easily) pre-baked it, used the cooked filling and covered it with a French pie topping. It turned out well, but the crust still isn’t as flaky as my all shortening pie crust recipe.
Disasters happen. Some of them due to our choices, others through no fault of ours. We can throw up our hands and throw everything out or look for what is salvageable and make the best of a bad situation. Faith makes that possible.
"... And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28.
Even if it doesn't seem true at the moment, like my pie, things can turn out better than we expected with patience, prayer, and a willingness to look for different solutions.
Thank You, Lord, for my faith and trust in You. Without it, life would be unbearable. Amen