From December 2nd to December 8th, I, Zachary Andrew Padovani-Ginies pledge to bake 80 pies. Not just any pies, but flakey, buttery, from-scratch pies in order to raise money for Covenant House. Pre-order, pick-up, pig-out and help Toronto’s homeless youth all at the same time.
Pretty awesome right?
You might be thinking, “Well, that’s simple. Zack loves baking more than anyone else I know.” Well friend, you got me fair and square. I do. I love baking about as much as a 4th generation boulangerie owner from Belgium. However, there’s a bit more in the mixer. Beyond the flakey crust lies a deeper meaning. A reason for sharing a wonderful pie recipe with the world.
And her name is Kay.
My grandmother lived in the country. She frequently made trips to local berry farms to fill her berry baskets and subsequently, our little tummies. Visits to nanny in my youth were always delicious ones. My sister and cousins were always treated to fresh baked apple, raspberry and blueberry pies. Her pies were legendary and her memory lives on through the flakey crusts that always brought us together.