Last weekend, we made it a LOOONGGG weekend and went up to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. No, Mitt Romney is not close enough to call him our neighbor. While we were up there, we went boating (and froze to death), saw Taken 2, and made a warm, fresh, and delicious apple pie.
The weather on Monday was gorgeous, so we took the boat out for the last boating adventure of the season. Although we froze our butts off, don’t ask why I was wearing shorts, we had so much fun.
On Saturday, we spent the day in Wolfeboro and visited my parents’ favorite art gallery, had lunch, and enjoyed some [of the best] ice cream [on the lake] at Bailey’s Bubble. On Monday, we zoomed over to Meredith to visit some antique shops and I found this creepy Christmas decoration:
On Sunday night, Fatima and I dropped off my parents at their HEART concert, and then we stayed in to make apple pie. Is there something wrong with that last sentence?
Apple pie is very easy to make. It’s a fall staple for our family in the fall. Around Thanksgiving, my mom, dad, sister, grandmother, Fatima, and I would sit around the island peeling and cutting apples for 4 apple pies.
- About 8 apples, cored and chopped: 3 Granny Smith, 4 McIntosh, and 1 Golden Delicious
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar + 1/2 tbsp for sprinkling on the crust
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 2tbsp flour
- Pie Crust, store-bought or made by scratch
- 5 pads of butter
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees (follow boxed or handmade recipe)
- Core, peel and dice apples. Move pieces to a large mixing bowl. Feel free to slice them as thin or thick as you want. I prefer a thicker cut apple because it makes a great chunky pie.
- Add in your sugars, spices, and four. Mix it up. Set aside.
- Roll out top piece of dough over a pie dish and press the dough firmly against the inside of the dish.
- Dump in the apples and move them around to evenly fill the pie dish.
- Add 5 pads of butter around the mound of apples.
- Top off the pie with the second roll of dough.
- Seal the edges with a design.
- Cut a few slits at the top of the dough.
- Sprinkle 1/2 tbsp of sugar over the top of the pie.
- Place in the oven for 35-45 minutes or until your pie crust is golden brown. You’ll want to cover the edges of your crust with tin foil about 20 minutes into baking.
- Take out, and let cool for another hour or two before serving.
I love a variety of apples in my pie. Granny Smith is the popular apple of choice, however, I find them too tart to make up a whole pie. So I only use about 3 of them. While they do get very soft, McIntosh apples make up 50% of the apples in the pie. I throw in a golden delicious because I love their sweeter taste. Other popular apples to use are Cortland and Honey Crisp.
While I love eating apple pie, my favorite part of making any pie, is when it’s baking. The smell of fresh pie fills the house and blankets everything. It’s the easiest way to get into the fall spirit! Will you be making any pies soon?