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Apple Pie

A couple of weeks ago, my friends and I headed out to Aamodt’s Apple Farm for some apple pickin’ and wine tastin’.  We brought a variety of zucchini treats for a picnic (post forthcoming, one of these days or months) and enjoyed the absolutely perfect fall day that it was.

Last night I decided to finally enjoy the fruits of that afternoon’s (or 20 minutes as it were) labor by making an apple pie.  I briefly considered making some apple kuchen, because it’s sooo good, but thought it was time to break out a different Grandma classic this time around.  I used my grandma’s VVG flaky pie crust recipe and my mom’s Betty Crocker apple filling.

Flaky Pie Crust
4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. shortening (not butter this time)
1 T. vinegar
1/2 c. cold water
1 egg.

Sift dry ingredients together.  Work in shortening.  Then add beaten egg to water and vinegar.  Roll out into pie crusts.
Wrap any remaining crust into wax paper.  Ready to use at any time.  May be kept in freezer.  Thaw to room temperature and use as freshly made up.  Save all scraps each time and refreeze.

Apple Pie Filling
5 c. apples, thinly sliced
1/2 c. sugar
3 T. flour
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
dash salt
3 T. butter
Sprinkle dry ingredients over apples.  Toss until well coated.  Put in pie crust and top with butter.

Bake pie at 425º for 15 mins.  Then reduce heat to 375º and bake for 30 mins.  Let set as long as you can before eating.  Enjoy with ice cream!

Apple Pie


A Bride’s Pie

This past weekend, I traveled to Wisconsin to celebrate the marriage of my youngest brother Karl and his new bride, Alissa.  Both bride and groom were glowing the entire day, and I think it’s safe to say that a fun time was had by all.  I thought that my mom and Karl hit it with their choice of “Your Mother Should Know” by The Beatles for the mother / son dance.  I only wish that father / son dances would be featured more prominently at weddings because man, my dad and Karl did an incredible job with “Jump Around” by House of Pain.  Seriously, my dad has a pretty good lateral for an old guy (I’m not saying he’s old…he keeps telling me that he’s an “old guy”).  It was a thing of beauty.

This afternoon my neighbor and I were rifling through cookbooks looking for a new zucchini bread recipe (I can afford to try many, many recipes this year…maybe I’ll do a compilation report later) when we fell upon this recipe from the St. Ann’s Altar Society cookbook circa 1969.  Though this recipe didn’t help diminish my pile of zucchinis, and despite the fact that the title is a bit dated (Really, a Bride’s Pie?), I think it’s an apt recipe for the newlyweds.  And, as it turns out, it was provide by the same Gert of Chocolate Sauce fame.

A Bride’s Pie
One cup of confidence
One cup of love
In a pan of happiness
Mix the above.

Add a pinch of tenderness
A tablespoon of trust
Stir well in the sunshine
Enfold a loving crust.

Flour with contentment
And keep free from strife;
Fill with understanding
And bake all your life.

Congratulations, Karl and Alissa!  I hope you’ll enjoy the Newlywed Pie and many, many wonderful years ahead.