Rule the World With Apple Pie

July 16, 2013
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By Tara

I rarely make or eat pies. Whenever I make a dessert, I think of making brownies or cookies.  I never think of making a pie because  it is so time-consuming. When I do eat them, though, it’s one day out of the year on Thanksgiving. That is the one day I look forward to. In my life, I have had many different kinds of pies on Thanksgiving. I have had lemon, apple, pumpkin, pecan, strawberry, rhubarb, blueberry, and strawberry-rhubarb pies. Though I have had many different kinds of pies, apple pie is my favorite.

I can remember the first time I had apple pie when I was six years old. I sat down and there it was, just sitting on my plate. I saw crust, apples, and spices, and I thought it was an apple cake. Once I bit into the pie, I still didn’t know what it was. My mom finally told me that it was an apple pie, and it quickly became my favorite food for years. Eating this pie makes me feel like I rule the world. When I dig in to an apple pie, it’s like no one is there, even if there are many very loud people in the room. I feel like I am in a food trance when I eat apple pie. 

This apple pie comes from “The New Basic” cookbook. It’s my favorite, with its warm mushy apples. Making this pie is a family event. Someone cuts the apples while someone else lays the crust down. It’s like an assembly line in the kitchen. Every time I make this pie, I make sure that is hot and it just came out of the oven.  When I bite into the hot, toasty, buttery, flaky crust, crumbs fall everywhere. By the end the of the night, I am in covered in little flakes of crust. After each bite of this apple pie, I want more.

Apple Pie Recipe

6-8 granny smith apples
½ cup of sugar plus two tablespoons
3 teaspoons of cinnamon
½ a stick of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla

First, slice the apples very thinly. Then dump the sugar and cinnamon on the apples. Mix until the apples are covered. Then melt the butter and add to the mixture. Finally, add the vanilla.

Next, make the crust. This recipe includes just the filling, so you will need to find your favorite crust recipe, or buy a pre-made crust.

Once your crust is made and put in your pie pan, pour the apple mixture into the pan and level out the apples. My favorite crust has a lattice top, so once the mixture is leveled, I lattice the top of the pie, repeating over, under, over, under with strips of crust dough. Before you put the pie into the oven, sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar to add a little more flavor. Bake and enjoy!

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