December 8, 2015

Apple Pie Recipe

As soon as Mother finished straining the milk, they all sat down and Father asked the blessing for breakfast.
There was oatmeal with plenty of thick cream and maple sugar. There were fried potatoes, and the golden buckwheat cakes, as many as Almanzo wanted to eat, with sausages and gravy or with butter and maple syrup. There were preserves and jams and jellies and doughnuts. But best of all Almanzo liked the spicey apple pie, with its thick, rich juice and its crumbly crust. He ate two wedges of the pie.  
                                                                                                ~ Farmer Boy 
 Apple pie for breakfast? Why not? It certainly has more fruit in it than most pastries and muffins. But it's a nice treat for dessert, too.

Some families continue the tradition of having a large Sunday dinner after church. My husband's family is one of them. Grandma may be 92, but she still makes a delicious pie each week. My favorite is her apple pie. Like many women of her generation, Grandma doesn't use a recipe to make apple pie. However, after watching her prepare the pie, this is my imitation of her apple pie.

Apple Pie Recipe

5-6 apples, cored, peeled, and sliced thinly
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
Prepared double pie crust

1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Place bottom pie crust in pie pan. Sprinkle half of the flour in the bottom pie crust.
3. Place sliced apples in a large bowl. Mix with the sugar and remaining flour. Pour into the pie crust. (It's okay if the apple slices heap above the top of the pie pan.)
4. Sprinkle the apple slices with the cinnamon.
5. Place dots of butter all around the sliced apples.
6. Top with second pie crust. Seal and flute edges, as desired. Cut slits into the top crust for ventilation.
7. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Lower temperature to 350°. Continue baking for 40-50 additional minutes. Pie is done when a knife slides into the apple filling easily.

If you haven't found a good recipe for pie crust, try this pie crust recipe. It explains how to make pie crust in detail.

What's your favorite kind of pie? Have you ever had it for breakfast?

~ Annette Whipple