the first step to making a perfect summer pie is picking the fruit. you can buy the sugar if you're in the north. but you must visit a farm for your best ingredients. eggs. milk.
the pastry takes time. the pastry is likely to fail you at first. the pastry takes practice, but you have it in you. fold the butter. flour the pin. roll. cut.
"no soggy bottoms," from mary berry, with love.
apply love and attention to detail, but don't use a ruler. you don't want it looking so good, no one wants to cut the first peice.