I love apple pie. I love it plain, I love it with ice cream, I love it with whipped cream. I DO NOT love it with cheddar cheese — like my father did. I just don’t get it.
When I was in college I had to do a “how to” speech. I did mine on “how to make an apple pie”. Though I don’t remember making my own crust, I do remember having to photograph all the steps so I could show them during my speech. Then, we got to eat the pie. What could be better? Homework AND dessert!
I used to eat apples with cheddar cheese slices (don’t ask why, but raw apples & cheese sounds yummy. Baked apples & cheese sounds wrong!) as an after-work snack. One day, I had a severe reaction to the apples and now I cannot eat them raw. However, I CAN still eat them cooked. Applesauce & apple pie go down just fine with no serious repercussions. So, apple pie it is.
When I moved to GA, I was invited for Thanksgiving and said, “I make a killer apple pie.” I was asked if I could make a CRANBERRY-apple pie. I figured I could, so I gave it a whack. Now, I make Cranberry-apple pie most of the time. It looks so autumnal in the bowl. Apples, cranberries, cinnamon & sugar and walnuts (or pecans… after all, this IS GA!)
Sometimes, I make myself what I call a “two-person” pie. Probably because I first made it when my mother was visiting and we didn’t want a lot of leftovers. I use only 1 crust and I put it in an oval baking dish. Usually there’s more crust than I need, so I fold it over the top as far as it will go. It usually leaves an opening right down the middle so I don’t need to cut slits. But when I do use 2 crusts and make a regulation size pie, as I did for Thanksgiving last year, I like to pretty it up by cutting a few little apples out of the crust I cut off the edges and I place them decoratively on the top. Sometimes I use a leaf cut out. (I’m so Martha.)
Sadly, when I go out to eat and there’s pie involved, I generally select apple. Y ou’d think since I make this I’d try something else. But no, I stick with what I like.
And I like apple pie!