Friday, October 30, 2015


It's fall.

And it's apple pie time!

Rosie's Apple Pie

Heat oven to 425°.

2 prepared pie crusts

For the apples:
4 apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
juice of 1 lemon
1 TB sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Combine all ingredients.  Toss to coat evenly.  Set aside.

Place the first pie dough in a deep dish pan and lightly brown it as the oven is heating up.  Arrange apples slices over the crust.  Reserve the juices for the filling mixture.  Slice the second pie dough into strips and lattice-work it over top.

For the filling mixture:
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 TB flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 TB water
juices from apple slices (lemon, sugar, and cinnamon)

Combine all ingredients.  Bring to boil and reduce to simmer, dissolving the sugars, whisking throughout.  Pour evenly over top of pie.

Do NOT make the filling mixture until you have the slightly baked pie with apple slices in it and lattice strips on top.  You want to pour this mixture immediately, so have the pie ready.

I made the mistake of making the mixture ahead of time and it thickened up and became very granular, as in not at all pourable.  If this happens to you, simply add in a tablespoon or two of water and reheat over very low heat, whisking until smooth.

To bake:
 Wrap foil around edges of pie and bake 15 minutes at 425°.  Reduce heat to 350° and bake for another 40 minutes.  Twenty minutes into baking time, dot tops with pats of butter, cover with foil, and finish baking.

Rosie got bored last night
and cut off about 8-10 inches of hair.
And I always wear a pony tail.
I feel better now.
But I'm going back to the pony tail.
It has served me well.

 I had Mr. Hawthorne do the "shit detail,"
as he calls it.
Core, peel, and slice apples.
Drop slices into waiting lemon juice bath.
Toss to coat.

There's a reason for this.
Lemon juice keeps the apple from oxidizing,
or rusting, and turning ugly brown.

Sprinkle about a tablespoon of sugar
and maybe 2 teaspoons of cinnamon over top and toss.

Prick the bottom
(PRICK THE BOTTOM! That's funny.)
and lightly toast the pie crust.

 Arrange the apples slices.
 Throw some half-assed lattice strips over top.

 And pour that brown, buttery goodness all over.

 Oh, my.

If you notice, the edges are slightly browned already,
so ...
 ... I put a crinkling of foil around it.

 Pats of unsalted butter.
And bake to brownsugarygoodness.

That's some good pie!

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