Apple pie! A couple months ago, we saw the Good Eats episode about apple pie and it just looked soooo good. But it required a few purchases before I could get started. I got grains of paradise from The Spice House (don’t forget the “the” in that address or you will get a…different sort of website). I went to Amazon for my pie bird and a deep tart pan. Then I went to Mountain Valley Orchard in Cavetown for my apples. They have a great selection, really good prices, and they don’t spray the trees with pesticides past the blossom stage. It’s not organic, but it’s better than nothing at all. The Stayman are great this year. They were my childhood favorite and I hadn’t had a good one in years. Finally, I hit Trout Liquors for my Applejack. I was ready for piemaking.
I used a mix of all sorts of apples, mainly stayman, gala, and fuji. It was sort of an all-day thing, but well worth it in the end. The apple juice reduction made the top crust super crisp. The texture was just perfect. And so pretty, look!
With the tart pan, you can just push it out and it looks gorgeous. And when sliced, the apples just stay put, perfectly stacked, each coated with yumminess.
We each had a slice before bed and then a slice for breakfast…and then it was gone. Sigh. Guess I have to go back to the orchard…