Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Applicious!

Happy first day of Fall!


Nothing says Fall quite like a ripe, juicy apple. The trees are practically groaning with autumn's favorite fruit, and homes across the nation are suddenly being filled with the smells of baking cinnamon and sugar apple treats. The Robert household is no exception. We're ringing in the new season with a good old fashioned apple pie! Mmmm...we'll get to that in a minute. But first, let's take a moment to appreciate all of the many ways apples enrich our lives. 



Apples feed us.


Apples entertain us.


Apples earn us brownie points.


Apples keep this guy away.


Apples sell us underwear.


Apples are the future. :)

Oh, yes. Wonderful, glorious apples. These juicy rubies are practically an American icon. Did you know that the average person eats 65 apples per year? Interesting.... Or that apples float because 25% of their volume is air? Well...you don't say. Okay, that's enough apple trivia. On with the pie!

When I decided to bake our apple pie I knew that I was going to cheat, so I'll just call this "cheater apple pie." I set out to find one of the easiest, most basic recipes I could, and this is the one I settled on. 

Aunt Carol's Apple Pie Recipe


  You can find the list of ingredients and directions HERE.

I started by pulling everything out of my cabinets, as I usually do, and then I took a picture for you. You know, in case you forgot what a bag of sugar or a pie plate looks like. I realized when I reached for the most important ingredient that my husband had been swiping my apples and taking them to work with him each day, haha. I was left with three juicy specimen, which ended up being plenty. (Thank the Lord, I almost had a heart attack.)

So I peeled and sliced the apples:


I'm obviously not super picky about getting every last piece of peel off of the apple. No worries. This is cheater apple pie, anyway.  Of course, if I really wanted to cheat I could have just bought a can of apple pie filling and called it a day, but what a shame that would be with apples in season and all. 



I got out my store bought pie crust, the best kind there is! And I roughly measured out the ingredients...hehe...all in one measuring cup.  I'll just take a moment now to tell you that, should you choose to try this recipe, you could probably cut all of the dry ingredients in half. After tossing the apples with the sugar and flour mixture there was easily half of the dry stuff left in the bottom of the bowl. 


I laid out my pie crust in the bottom of the pan (I used a nine inch), and trimmed the edges using kitchen shears. Then I loaded that baby up with sugarcoated fruit!




Now here's where the real cheating comes in. I adore a good lattice pie crust. Oh, I think it makes apple pies look just darling. But...I don't have the patience. I considered it. I even looked up a tutorial on how to do it. But when they started saying things like, "peel back layers two and three," and "give it a quarter turn to the left," and "knit one, pearl one," I said... "Heck. No." So I thought about how I could fake a lattice pie crust.

I remembered thinking one time, "Wouldn't it be easier to just make little squares in the crust than to try to basket weave dough?" And I answered myself: "Self, I think that's a grand idea. Let's try that!" I searched high and low for anything I could use in my cabinets that had a little square shape. I considered any of Evelyn's toys that might be able to help out. And when I realized I had nothing, I decided that the only thing I could do was make something from scratch. 

Behold:


My cardstock cutout. That's right. I'm about to cut my pie crust with paper. Actually, the plan was to just make indentions into the crust so that I could take my knife and follow the score lines. But would you believe that my paper invention sliced right through that crust like butter?



Believe it! I was amazed! I'm pretty sure you can buy actual metal cutouts to help you with this job, but if paper works, it works! Now if you can't call that frugal, I just don't know....



I covered my pie and trimmed the edges again, pinched up the sides, and then covered the edge of the pie crust with tin foil to prevent the sides from burning. I read that trick somewhere. And again, I'm almost certain you can buy some kind of device that will protect your pie crusts while they're baking...but tin foil sounds just as good to me!

Then I baked it, according to the instructions, and about an hour later:

Ooh la la!

 

That is one good looking pie, if I do say so myself! Not bad for a cheating novice, haha. Sadly, I did not take any pictures of my family enjoying this delicious dessert...because we were way too busy enjoying this delicious dessert! But I assure you, our mouths were happy. 

So as we all begin this Fall season together, let's not forget to pay homage to the main event...the toast of the town...the beautiful, versatile, and tasty APPLE. And don't forget, there is still time to pick your own apples at Eckert's! Make an afternoon out of it with your family, and then come home and bake a pie. :)

Oh! Just one more thing. I have to know. What's it gonna be? Caramel or Candied?
 


4 comments:

Meagan said...

What a good idea for making a "lattice" top! I hope you don't mind but I will definitely be stealing that idea!!

OH...I prefer carameled apples!

Ashley N. said...

I don't know if you go to Eckert's Millstadt locaton.....BUT if you do...go to groupon.com and get the half off tickets.

Adrien said...

Thanks for the tip, Ashley! We usually go to Belleville. Hmm...I don't remember ever needing to buy tickets there. But maybe that's because we usually try to go on off days when it's not so busy. Or...maybe it's because we usually just do the apples or pumpkins. We've never had a kid old enough to ride any rides or anything. :) I hope someone saves some money!!

Kim Luke said...

This looks so amazingly yummy! I will be stealing this recipe!
Thanks for sharing!!!

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