Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Kitchen Adventures: Apple Pie

With all the apples we collected, I decided to attempt apple pie.

I'm not really a big pie person, so pie isn't something I ever would think to make.
But when you have 25 little apples in the frig begging for attention, 
apple pie is the first thing that comes to mind.
So, since apple pie is my favorite type of pie (excluding mud pie, of course... if that counts)
I got to work.

Thank you Betty Crocker for walking me through it step by step. 

1. Collect some apples

 2. Peel them. Core them. Thinly slice them.
(be prepared to sit there for 2 hours, unless you're a pro, unlike me!)

3. Make the crust. [or buy the box crust and mix with water], roll, put in pan.
Slice second crust for lattice top. Or crumbles for french apple
(that is actually my favorite, so that will be for next time)
Mix apples with some fun things, put in pan, put lattice on top.

4. Bake for around 40 minutes, cool, eat!

Okay, so the recipe is something like that. I don't remember the specifics.

So, what did I learn?
8 things [for now]

1. Cover the edges of the crust with aluminum until the end of baking so they don't get crispy.
2. Do the same to the top of the pie.
3. Put in frig after first serving if any is left.
4. Plan for an afternoon of pie-making. Don't make other plans :)
5. Use a potato peeler to peel the apples... unless you have an apple-peeler-corer-slicer, like my mom. 
Then use that. Definitely.
6. That little ridge around the crust edge is tricky. I have a new respect for pies with ridges.
7. Wear an apron. It definitely makes you feel legit.
8. It doesn't have to be perfect the first time :)

It was a fun adventure. I'm looking forward to the day when I can crank these bad boys out like candy. Until then, I will make one every couple months.

Although, it IS fall. 
Fall = Pie Season.
I may be making another in the not-so-far future!

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