Category Archives: Fruit

#4: Apple Pie

WHY THIS PIE?

Apple pie, while iconic, can be one of the most disappointing of pies out there. Mushy (if not slimy) apples and thick, bland crust can really ruin the whole experience.  Amidst the sub-par pies of the world, there is Alton Brown’s “Super Apple Pie”.    This is one masterpiece of a pie.

This week’s recipe:  Super Apple Pie (Courtesy of Alton Brown, FoodNetwork.com)

Apple Pie Filling

how did it go?

Making this pie is a good half-day commitment.   It’s like making bread; it’s worth the wait.  For those of you cinnamon/nutmeg apple pie makers out there: Don’t modify this recipe.  Take the time to find the Grains of Paradise, and you will be pleasantly surprised.  When peeling the apples, if they seem a little on the extra juicy side, let them stay in the colander for a little longer.

the moment of truth

After waiting the grueling 4 hours (yes, you must wait!)… it is oh, so delicious.  The apples turn out almost “al dente”, and have no hint of sliminess whatsoever.  The Grains of Paradise add a flavor I’ve never before tasted, but so perfectly suited to this pie.  The Applejack in the crust adds a mouth watering fragrance to the whole experience. Oh, how I love thee,  AB’s Super Apple Pie.

Apple Pie, Fresh From The Oven

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#1: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

WHY THIS PIE?

Admittedly, I was very closed minded about the idea of a Strawberry Rhubarb pie.  I’d never had one before, and well…rhubarb is not appealing, and who the heck puts strawberries in pie? Despite my silly assumptions, I am so glad that I got over myself and made this pie!  It’s delicious! The perfect balance of sweet and sour.

Here’s the recipe I used: Grandma’s Strawberry Rhubarb Pie (Courtesy of Valarie Enters, FoodNetwork.com)

HOW DID IT GO?

The recipe calls for fresh fruit, but I bought the rhubarb and strawberries frozen and pre-cut from a local fruit stand.   Also, be sure to let the pie cool a few hours before serving.  If you cut into the pie while still hot, it will be a runny mess inside and you’ll never get a decent slice out of the thing.

moment of truth

I was pleasantly surprised by this pie.  And I would totally make it again.