I put together a slide show of the pastis making process. It's amazing to see the dough stretch thinner and thinner under the expert hands of the village women. They were gracious enough to let me try all the steps, and I can tell you that pulling and stretching the dough is not easy. I was probably best at trimming the dough and staying out of the way. Evelyne shared that this pastry is a regional specialty. I can tell by the way these women worked together that they have done this many, many times.
While some women were busy in the hall stretching, pulling, layering and sprinkling, others were busy in the kitchen peeling and chopping the apples and pears for the pastis, melting butter and putting together and kneading even more dough. By the end of the day, there will be 30 beautiful pastis ready for the Telethon event tomorrow afternoon. I feel very fortunate to have been able to have this experience with the women of Cadrieu. Never once did anyone make me feel as if I shouldn't be part of their work. In fact, they were all very good at finding work for me to do! No idle hands allowed here! I can hardly wait to have a taste of this yummy pastry.