For this month's challenge I stuck to tradition. An apple pie. It felt appropriate for July 4th. This, along with some baseball and fireworks (beer too!) and I'm happy.
I used two types of apples: Red Delicious and Braeburn. I gave Granny Smith a thought, but decided against the old gal.
The crust, which I anticipated, was my real challenge. However, this time it was easier to roll and deal with. I have to remind myself to move a little faster though b/c it warms quickly and likes to stick to the counter.
2 cups flour
1 tsp of salt
3/4 cup chilled crisco (i had butter but wanted to save it for my brownies)
5 apples peeled (any mixture you'd like)
1 cup of white sugar (i decreased this and added brown. i like mee dang)
healthy dashes of cinnamon
pinch of salt
quite a few grates of nutmeg (which i freakin' love btw)
2 tb flour
I tossed my apples with the dry ingredients and immediately the kitchen smelled of fall. it seemed fitting b/c although it's July, it was fairly cool for us NC folk.
I rolled out the bottom portion of the dough and layed it in the pie dish, then filled it with the apple mixture. For the top, I attempted the lattice look. Again, I wasn't moving quick enough so the strands started to break on me. I don't have the easy cut out tool that Sandra Lee. My pie has the more rustic look like Grandma Walton would have baked. I was out of eggs so I brushed milk on the crust and gave it a slight sprinkle of sugar.
Bake at 375 degrees for one hour and voila!
Until next time, fellow doorknobs, keep those ovens and buns HOT!