Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mom's Apple Pie

Today is Pie Day.
(Not to be confused with Pi Day -March 14th)

On this day in 1997 I was preparing to go home from college for Thanksgiving break. I was almost 20 and I’d met this boy and my heart was in love. Without clearing anything with my mom I asked him to cancel his plans to visit a friend and come home with me instead. I left a dozen messages on my parents phone trying to see if it was ok if I brought someone home with me but finally had to bag it and just head home - with friend in tow. I knew my parents wouldn’t mind. I’d brought plenty of friends home in the past, but this friend was different and I wanted to give them the heads-up, but no one was home.

Pie Day is the day before Thanksgiving that is USUALLY set aside to bake pies and finishing any pre-Thanksgiving Day prep. Why my mom wasn’t doing the usual 14 years ago - I can’t say but that’s ok because I have plenty else to remember from that Pie Day. 

So, today is Pie Day.

While it’s not my turn to be bringing anyone home for Thanksgiving weekend, it is my turn to bake some pies and finish up some pre-Thanksgiving Day prep. I’ve got my list and I’ve got my ingredients and of all the pies that will be made, there is only one that MUST be made – Mom’s Apple Pie.

It’s time to fill up the pie crust with plenty of Golden Delicious Apples and then top it off with a buttery crumb layer that is way too good to pass up.

Mom’s Apple Pie

Yield: 1 pie
1 pastry pie shell
10 golden delicious apples
½ cup sugar
3-4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar
¾ cup flour
6 tablespoons softened butter or butter flavored shortening

  1. Peel, core and slice apples.
  2. mix sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle over apples. Put apples into pie pastry until heaping.
  3. Mix flour and sugar in another bowl. Add butter/shortening and cut in with fork or a pastry blender until mixed to a crumb.
  4. Sprinkle over apples.
  5. Cook pie at 400 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes
Source: Family File


P.S. I know those aren't Golden Delicious Apples. But the Granny smith work too. Sometimes I use whatever I've got.


Unknown said...

What is the rest of the story?!!!!! ;)

Apron Appeal said...

Ha ha! Katrina, I didn't think anyone really READ the blog. :) I guess I'll need to do a follow up post with the rest of the story.

Unknown said...

I've been looking for this exact recipe, I like it better than pies without crust on the top! I'm so excited!

Moxie said...

Looks good! I am going to have to try this recipe.

Christopher and Kimberly said...

Love this story Gwen. The pie looks fabulous, this is the year I will be baking my first apple pie ever. I think I will give this recipe a try :)

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

I'm with Katrina, and? Did you fall in love, get married, and live happily ever after? Have a great holiday!

Chef Dennis Littley said...

I would love to hear the rest of the story too! Your moms apple pie looks incredible! And yes we do read your blog!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

And am I forever thankful for "the rest of the story". Wonderful pie . Sly

Mary said...

I want to hear the rest of the story now! I love sweet memories like this that include family favorite foods.

Maude G said...

Mmmm that looks delicious! Glad I found your blog, I just added it to my blog list. Have a nice day!

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