Monday, October 6, 2008

Apple Pie

It's fall! I happen to really really like fall. But every fall, I start to feel bad. Because there's the one project that up until now has eluded me. My greatest downfall as a housewife. Well that and vacuuming. Man I hate vacuuming. But doesn't my front door look pretty? My greatest downfall has been pie making. I suck at it.

Well I did until now. I went grocery shopping and decided I would do something nice for the Brain. He loves pie. I don't. So there's lots for him when I make it and usually he forces it down. There have been some really bad pies that have come out of my oven. Burnt ones. Soggy ones. Fairly transparent ones. I've even screwed up using the already made roll out crust.

But I've been looking at all the apples in the store and I decided to give it one last go. The Joy of Cooking recipes for pies haven't turned out so well for me before though so I knew I didn't want to retry them. Finally I remembered that in the midst of all my fancy cookbooks, I had a big red Betty Crocker cookbook. You know the one I'm talking about. The one that everyone's mom has. I think my mom gave me hers actually. I figured you can't go wrong with Betty Crocker. I was right!

For the first time ever, I created a pie that was beautiful. And the Brain kept saying from the living room. "This is a good pie! A DAMN good pie!" I almost made another one on the spot. Except I didn't have any more of the roll out pie dough and I wasn't about to learn how to master crust the same day that I finally make a good pie.

Apple Pie

Pastry for 9-inch two crust pie
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
dash of salt
6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (I used a combination of Gala and Granny Smith)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line pie plate with one half of the pastry. Mix sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in apples. Mound apple mixture into pie plate. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust, poke with fork and cut a steam hole in the center. Cover edges with 3-inch strips of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning; remove foil during last 15 minutes of baking. Bake until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slit in crust, about 45 minutes.


CB said...

I gotta tell ya, I am not a pie person but seeing all these pies in my GR is making me get the pie-making bug. And yes, your door is adorable... :) PS. I'd rather vacuum than do laundry any day!

Kitt said...

"A DAMN good pie" is high praise indeed! It looks fabulous.

Deborah said...

That's always how I can tell if something is good or not - by my husband's reaction! If I have to ask him about it, I know it wasn't that great. This looks fantastic!

BumbleVee said...

awww...I'm so glad that you kept on trying and that you finally got a good one. Doesn't it feel great to be so appreciated when we try, try again? .... silly...but it does...

Anyway...I just want to say..I bet he would also like apple cobbler and it is really simple. Pretty much tastes like pie and isn't as fiddly... if you can get MacIntosh apples... they are best.

There are lots of recipes around..but here is mine if you want to give it a try sometime...
Apple Cobbler

Johanna said...

Seems you are proof that if you keep trying you will eventually find the right recipe! And impress the pants off everyone in the process :-)

I don't make sweet pies often and I hate vaccuuming (can't even spell it to save myself) - so I understand your aversion!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

lol, congratulations! The pie looks excellent. Hopefully one of many more to come

the cheap chick said...

Yeah, I can't bake pie either. But hey! Now you can! And The Brain likes it, so it's a win-win for you all the way.

Amanda said...

Well done, Mary! Learning how to make pie is a wonderful thing!

glamah16 said...

Pies have always been hit or miss for me. I remeber the first pie I made CS. I was so emabrresed. Anyway I have been expermenting all week with pie.

Anonymous said...

The thing about pies is, not overworking the dough. I've gotten much better at dough since I became a potter. Bisquits? Same thing. Lighter the touch, better the dough, better the end result.

And, "damn good pie"? That comment is GOLDEN.