The smell of apple pie wafting through thewindow is a classic image of our childhoodwhere we would anxiously wait for the pie tobe warm enough to eat for afternoon snack.The comforting scents of apples, cinnamon,nutmeg, and sugar is great to just unwindafter school or dinner. Delis and pastry shopshave their own pies that may be preorderedand bought ahead of time, but nothing beatsmaking the pie in the comfort of your ownhome, given the right supplies.
Making apple pies may give us memories of ourgrandmothers and mothers, and this is anexample of a recipe that may have been passedfrom homemaker to homemaker, that it has beenalmost a family secret. This classic fall or summerdessert may be eaten with vanilla ice creamdrizzled with caramel syrup, providing a contrastof hot and cold, which can be quite delightful toeat. Making the pie is quite easy and requires afew basic ingredients, which can be found in thegrocery, or if you have access to an apple tree, inyour own backyard.
The best apples to use for pie-baking areGolden Delicious apples. These green andslightly tart apples hold well during the bakingprocess and the tartness contrasts with thesweetness of the butter and sugar. For bestresults, slice the apples thinly and layer themwith the cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg filling.
The flaky crust is one of the textures to lookforward to apple pie, which can be achieved byproper mixing of ingredients. Mix the flourwith the butter or lard well until it resemblescornmeal and be sure that the water is verycold. A technique is to not over-knead or over-handle the pie crust, as this may change thetexture. Although there are pies that have adouble crust, there are some that have a latticetop crust or just have one crust with brownsugar crumble on top.
This classic dessert is best served with tea tocounteract with the sweetness, especiallyafter a meal. During snack time, milk or juicemay be served with this. This is also a greatpotluck contribution for family lunches,especially during Fourth of July orThanksgiving. It may also be given as gifts orgiveaways during Christmas. The comfortingflavors and aroma of this treat reminds us ofthat time we look forward to this warmafternoon snack or dessert.
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