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Apple of My Eye

March 11, 2011

I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert.  ~Jason Love

And if I am eating dessert it will usually be pie.  Not cake. or cookies, no ice cream for me, I’ll pass on chocolate, ( with the exception of the occasional box of See’s)  truffles, crepes and trifle. Due without eclairs, cream puffs or cheesecake.  Petit fours or fives, mousse or bon bon none of them do it for me. Pie, pie, me oh my, a slice of heaven for me. Tate-tatin, lemon meringue, pumpkin, german chocolate, coconut cream, peach and APPLE.

“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” — Jane Austen

Tell ’em, Jane one bad apple spoils the whole bunch. Though I made pie for Thanksgiving, and have made quite a few pies in my time, it was clear, I needed some remedial help. By that I mean my mother said my crust, “lacked” something. I assume she means lacks taste? Thus I took a pie class and I dragged my sister along for the ride so

A. I would have a willing model

B. If it was a bad class we could snicker in the back together.

C. The pics of her as a hand model were blurry

D. We didn’t snicker

We did make pie though. Are you ready….with canned apples. I know can you believe it? Me either. But actually these were dare I say it, good apples. (shh no one knew, we’ll keep it our little secret n’kay?)

Flour+Shortening+Water+Salt+Sugar= Dough

Apples+Sugar+Spices+Flour= Filling

Yes, Butter, big ‘honkin dollops of it too.

Ok, I know, how about a little apples with your crust.

It was a thick crust, but a good one. It may be the easiest pie crust I have ever, ever made.

Crust

2 1/2 cups, Flour

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp  Sugar

to this add    1 cup Shortening ( remember I suggest the no trans-fat, organic one)

Combine with a pastry cutter until it looks like cookie crumbs.

Make a well in the center and add

1/2 cup Ice water

DO NOT STIR

Gently draw the dry ingredients up from the sides of the bowl to the center, while turning bowl, until incorporated.

It should hold together into a ball.

Once you have a roundish lump gently press the remainder of the flour into the lump ball.

Divide ball in two.

Flour the counter, place ball on center, lightly dust with flour. Roll out dough moving your rolling-pin in 45 degree angles so the dough rolls out into a circle. Once your circle is a good inch to 2 inches wider all around than the pie plate you then…

OK so here you have a choice, you could

A. Hold your rolling-pin over the circle of dough and gently draw one edge up and over the rolling-pin to the center point. Using the pin lift up the dough and place it over the center of the  pie pan gently placing it over the plate.

B.Fold it in half and pick it up to lay over the pie plate.

Press it in gently and repeat steps for top crust, putting aside

Filler up, put top on and bake as directed.

To be the perfect mommy you might take the extras roll out, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon then bake till golden then serve to children. Works every time.



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  1. 5andcounting permalink
    March 11, 2011 9:05 am

    Oh my, why do you tempt me so early in the morning, when there is nothing in my little laundry room to eat besides a couple boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Me thinks you ought to run that pie right over to your mother’s house as a dutiful first daughter. Or, I guess I could suffer and go to the grocery store as to have a few items that are edible in said laundry room.
    But just think of the delightful combination of the pie with my cuppa tea….

    Pretty pictures!

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