last breath of summer

17Sep09

Spent yesterday evening making an apple pie with Isabella. I’d never made an apple pie before and it felt like a very end-of-summer kind of thing to do. I modified a basic recipe I found online and ended up with this, which was simple and tasty and looked exactly like I wanted it to:

apple pie pre-assembly

apple pie pre-assembly

1. Core, peel, and slice 6 apples (I used 4 Granny Smiths and 2 honeycrisps, which helped offset the mushiness of Granny Smiths alone).

2. Make a caramel-y syrup for the apples by melting one stick of butter in a saucepan and stirring in 3 tbsp. flour to thicken. Then add 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of white sugar, and 1/4 cup of water and blend (For the future, I would reduce the amount of sugar – I found myself wanting a tarter pie in the end). Add spices: 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tbsp. vanilla (i would probably reduce these the next time as well). Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes to reduce.

3. Mix the apples with the syrup to coat. I squeezed in half a lemon at this point to cut the sweetness a little.

4. Put the bottom pie crust (I cheated and used pre-made since we don’t have a food processor) in a round pie dish and brush with milk to keep it from getting soggy. Dump the apples in and slice the other pie crust up to make a lattice on top. Isabella had to help me with this. I didn’t realize you actually had to weave it. It was definitely worth how pretty it looked, though. I forgot to do this, but you should also brush the lattice with a little milk or egg white to make it brown faster.

raw apple pie

raw apple pie

5. Bake for 15 minutes at 425F and then 40-50 minutes at 350F, or until the filling is bubbly and the top crust looks nice and golden brown. Wait for it to cool a little before eating. We had it with vanilla bean ice cream on top and it was exactly what I wanted from an apple pie.

bubbly and delicious

bubbly and delicious

I took some before-and-after pictures, but unfortunately my computer has killed itself and I’ll have to wait to upload them.

//EDIT: new computer, pictures now working!//

We also spent some time exploring the backyard and ended up making a fire pit with some cinderblocks stolen from the neighbors’ yard. Fall is coming. I can’t wait to fix up the backyard more. It will be a great place to hang out.

For the upcoming week, I want to make:

1. Gazpacho, before it’s truly fall

2. Yellow curry – send me a good recipe if you have one!

3. This canvas thing with some Christmas lights I bought last week

In lieu of my own pictures, for now, I’ll forward you to Layne’s tumblr, which is filled with adorable and wonderful things.

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