It is my all time favorite. Nothing comes close to a good classic pie. Peach, apple, pumpkin, chocolate cream, lemon meregne, ruhbarb, cherry, dutch .... all of them, fabulous, warm and comforting.
I have often thought about not only why I like to eat pie ... but also why I enjoy making pie so much. It is an experience everytime. I think it goes back to the deep routes of pie making. I can only imagine all of the women in the past that have made pie: grandmothers, mothers, town bakers, cooks for families, so many talented and generous women. These endless generations of women taking time to create something with their hands, with love. It's a common thread, a instinct, a female right so to speak. Having that link to the past is a wonderful feeling! There is also something about the simplicity of the ingredients and the amazing satisfaction of the results. Endless fillings and endless possibilities.
Here is a classic apple pie recipe. It is one of the first pies I ever made. So tap into your past, your mother, grandmother or just the feel of all the women that have come before us rolling, stirring and creating this food of splendor and enjoy!
classic apple pie by ann west
for the crust see flaky pie crust here at dollop!
8 tart apples, cored, peeled and sliced. (I like a variety of slices widths. Some will stay
crunchy and some will get soft. I think it is a key to the perfect pie)
1/2 stick of butter melted
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
3 tbls corn starch
1/2 tsp cinnamon
zest of 1/2 lemon or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
Mix the ingredients together and let sit for 10 minutes. Fill your pie. Sprinkle a little sugar on top and cook at 350 degree oven for about an hour. Let cool.
ps. If you have never seen the movie "Waitress" rent it and get ready to be inspired. She makes a pie for every emotion of life. It is a cute movie!
* also check out amy's recipe for pumpkin pie - it is fabulous!