Thursday, February 4, 2010

Friday is Pie day!

Hello friends! During one of my recent trips to New York last month, my sister Maddy and I watched the movie Julie/Julia. Amy Adams and Meryl Streep were wonderful and the story was very cute. It inspired me to do my own little weekly cooking post. So from here on in, Fridays will be known as Pieday! I am going to try and bake a different pie every week and post all the how-to's with photos. Why pie you ask...because I love pie and because it's my can saute liver on your own blog.  Some pies will be perfect for dessert and a few will be just the thing for an easy dinner. I encourage all of you to try as many of the recipes as you can and share your critiques or variations.
I decided that to ease you all in slowly, I would start with the beloved  Apple Pie. However this one has a little twist...this is a Sour Cream Apple Pie with a crunchy crumb topping. The recipe is one of the first pies I baked as a new bride and was developed by a lady named Bernie Fitchett. Bernie's family owned the dairy near my childhood home and she was quite the matriarch and cook. So here we go...get your aprons on...what, you don't have an apron!!!!!! Go to my Etsy shop and buy one...we'll wait for you ;-) ok...are you ready now?
We'll start with about 6 cups sliced tart & sweet apples. I used Granny Smith and Jonagold. Peel, core and slice up. Be sure to save the peelings for your compost pile.

Mix together and then add to the apple slices..1 1/2 cups sour cream, 3 TBL flour, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 large egg slightly beaten.
For the crumb topping combine 1 cup light brown sugar, 2/3 cup flour and 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter slightly softened margarine!!! This is dessert..not health food.
You should see chunks of butter..don't overmix & no hands as your body heat will melt the butter. This is not a good time to be a hot babe.

Helpful hint: freezer paper is a staple in my kitchen. Tape a large piece to you countertop, shiny side up and you have a clean and nonstick area to work on. Clean up is a snap..just roll up the paper to recycle and your done! I normally use my KitchenAid mixer, but not everyone has that luxury, so I will be using my hand pastry blender which works beautifully.  Let's make pie crust...mix together 2 cups flour, 3/4 cup Butter Crisco (or your preferred shortening) and approx 5-8 Tbl Ice water..the Ice part is very important. Warmth is your enemy when making pie crust. Again..cold women make good pie crust ;-)
Hint: I like a sweeter crust so I add about 1 Tbl of granulated sugar to my flour (can sub splenda).
Cut in the shortening and flour  until you get pea sized chunks then slowly add the ice water until your dough holds together as in my do not want it too crumbly or sticky. If that happens..add a 
touch more ice water or flour..which ever is needed.
With a little flour on your roller, roll out your dough until it is larger than the size of your pie pan. I am using an 11 inch pie pan, so I rolled mine to about 15 inches round. Roll up onto rolling pin to transfer to pan.
Roll dough off pin onto pie pan and trim edges. Tuck edges under and flute with your fingers...not rocket science ..any nice crimping will do.
I like to brush the crust with beaten egg white and sprinkle a little sugar for sweetness and sparkle. OMG...I sound like Martha Stewart!  Fill your pie shell with your apple mixture.

Carefully place the topping on your apples, making sure you completely cover your pie. I have to admit, I always double the topping recipe because I love it. I use 3/4 for my pie and freeze the rest. The extra is handy to top muffins or a quick apple crisp. In a pre-heated 375 degree oven, bake your pie for about 1 hour or until bubbly. Lightly cover crust and topping with a piece of foil if you think it is browning too quickly. I almost always do this as I prefer a lighter crust.  After all your hard work you will have this to present to your admiring family.............................

I wish you could have smelled the aromas wafting through my kitchen while my pie was baking..divine!
I am taking donations to cover the cost of having 2 lbs of flour and sticky apple juice cleaned out of digital camera.  So put the kettle on, get out the vanilla ice cream and pony up to the pie bar. 
I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial in pie baking and that you feel the urge to bake one of your own.
Until next kind and stay creative. See you next Friday for Pieday!
*******Blog update............just served this pie after dinner and it was Fabulous! Flaky crust, creamy and not too sweet filling and a wonderful caramelized crunchy top...yum.
PS...I will be picking the winner of my Tote bag Giveaway at 9pm EST Friday, so you still have time to enter by following my blog and leaving a comment under the giveaway posting (Jan. 22)...Good Luck!


The Little Fox said...

My, that looks gorgeous! I love apple pie...I use hazelnut, raisins and toffee in mine and it is divine every time!

Annette said...

Wasn't that a great movie?! My husband prefers pie over cake and apple is his favorite! I'm looking forward to you pieday posts!

PG said...

I am rather partial to a bit of fried liver myself...I wish I had time to make pie, but I have enjoyed watching you make yours! :)

Aprons and More said...

Yummy! Sounds delicious!! Hope you had some leftover...warm a piece up with your coffee and watch the snow fall! :)


Jennifer Juniper said...

Quick, give me directions because I'm coming over for PIE!!!

Catherine Holman said...

My mouth is watering! Great step by step photos!

Kelly Ann said... this is the pie I missed...Curse you Old Man Winter...

Michelle Palmer said...

Oh joy! That sounds so very yummy! My daughter and I loved Julie & Julia... a very cute movie & love your idea!
Thank you for your sweet note~
Hope you have a wonderful weekend~

Marion said...

Such perfect timing! I've got a bag of Bramley apples in the fridge so we'll be having a treat this weekend. Thank You!

quiltcat said...

Apple pie is my favorite, followed by apple crisp...and this sounds like a yummy combination of both! too bad i didn't know you were baking today, i would have been right over *g*. Thanks for the great tutorial with your recipe.

Claire said...

That was one mouth watering post Janet. Drooling over the computer keyboard is NOT a good look, but I will be back for another Pieday/Friday as long as you are not making humble pie, I perfected that one years ago!!!

Twiglet said...

Wow that pie looks fab - think I will make a mini version for tea tonight! Just popped over from Gretel's blog. I think I I have visited before - just love all your upcycled sweaters and those scarfs are beautiful! Why don't you pop over to our blog shop and enter our giveaway.

Tweed Delights said...

Yum, yum, yum! That's making my mouth water!! :D

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A x

sillymadeleine said...

That looks waaaay too yummy! :)

I want pie now...

Anonymous said...

If I come and cover your sofa, can you make this pie instead? (re. your comment on my blog 29th January) it looks absolutely delicious.
I shall certainly be making this very indulgent apple dessert for my family next weekend to go with our roast beef lunch. Yum!!

Shawn Wright said...

It looks fantastic, that crust looks perfect!