Friday, October 24, 2008

Simple and Delicious Apple Pie

I made my first homemade apple pie today! It was made from the the apples we picked at the orchard. It was delicious! Even my girls said so, except Alexa who doesn't like apple pie. She made odd, unpleasant faces as she tried to eat it. Those expressions would have offended me if I didn't know she just doesn't like any apple pie. (More for us!)

I found the recipe here and it was uber easy! I just took a ready to bake pie crust (ok, so it wasn't ALL homemade~ but this is as close as I get). I put it in the pie pan and trimmed the edges.Then prepared the apples...I put the apples in the pie crust, one layer at a time and sprinkled them with the cinnamon sugar mixture....At this point I called the girls in to each do a layer. When I make the next pie, I plan on including them more, but this being my first time I wanted to be confident in what I was doing, before having them help.

Taylor did a layer, too, but she didn't want to at first (she was in the middle of something). But she changed her mind at the last minute, and I forgot to pull the camera back out at that moment.

Then you put the butter on top, before you cover with the top crust.

Trim and crimp the edges together. Put slits in the center.
Cover the edges with foil, so they don't burn. Part of my foil came off, but it didn't matter.The girls (especially Taylor) and I couldn't wait to try it. We ate dinner while the pie was baking and cooling. So once we were ready for it, it was ready for us! The whole house smelled wonderful!

We topped it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was so good! It tasted very fresh and sweet, with just a little tartness to it. You can play around with how much sugar and cinnamon you want to add.
As much as we liked it, it's hard to tell if it's really good without the Apple Pie Expert (otherwise known as PapPap~John's Dad). We'll have to try to time my pie baking next year with a visit from Pap Pap and Grandma.
The next time I make it, with the girls' help, I plan on reading this book while it bakes. I read it to them last week as part of our Apple Science Lessons but I think they'll get more out of it, if they are baking a pie shortly before we read it.
We have lots of apples left, so I need to find some more simple apple recipes. Know any you'd be willing to share?


Theresa said...

Your apple pie looks "delish"!!!

I am glad to read that you all enjoyed it too (well, except for Ms. Alexa who was very gracious and girly girl for at least trying it :)

Love you all!!
~Aunt Terri

Renee said...

This is a wonderful post! I want to run and make an apple pie now, yummy yum! Love it! God Bless you!

Grandma Jo said...

Good job, Tina. Apple pie was always Aunt Sylvia's favorite pie for Uncle Nick and she made them and still makes them all the time. I know some guys here esp AJ who love apple pie but it may just be Grandma Cookie's apple pie (until he tastes yours, of course). Alexa might like my specialty that Mike likes - Apple Crisp!! I think you mentioned possibly making it. Super easy! If you want the recipe, just let me know! Love you al!

Tina said...

Thank you all for your kind words! It actually was pretty easy to make, even for me. I never attempted it before, because I thought it would be complicated.

Last year, after our trip to the orchard, we made the apple crisp (your recipe mom) and the girls enjoyed that, too. But I can't remember if Alexa did.

I have another crust and more apples ready to be made into another pie. Any one want to come over for some coffee and apple pie? ;)

Mary Ann said...

The pie with the ice cream looks delicious. What part of the pie doesn't Alexa like -- the crust, the spices, the apples???? You can make a chunky applesauce that is much like the pie filling by cutting up the apples and cooking them in a pot with enough water to reach about 1/3 of the way up the pile of apples. Cook them until most of the water is gone; then add craisins and pie spices. The craisins are sweetened so there is no need to add sugar. Very good with milk or ice cream. Maybe if you know what part Alexa doesn't like you could take some out for her before adding that ingredient. Good luck!

Tina said...

Mary Ann~ That sounds yummy! And since I have so many apples left I was thinking of trying to make applesauce. We buy a huge bag of Craisins at Costco because most of us love them! But the funny thing is, the part Alexa didn't like was the apple filling :( And she loves applesauce! Come to think of it, maybe I should be offended ;) I think your recipe is simple enough for even me to make. Thanks! I'll let you know how it goes!