Apple Pie in a pinch

September 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm Leave a comment

This past weekend a few friends and I went to Galena to relax and get away from Chicago for a little bit.  For those of you outside the Chicago area, Galena is a cute little vacation town about 3 hours west of the city.  One of my friends’ aunt and uncle have a house there that they graciously let us borrow.  While we were out there we went horseback riding and wine tasting which were a blast.

We also decided to make dinner Saturday night.  Our dinner turned into a huge feast with food covering every inch of the dining room table.  I was tasked with making dessert.  Oh who am I kidding, I jumped at the chance!  The only problem was that I didn’t think ahead and didn’t bring any recipes with me.  It wouldn’t have been a problem if we had cell service, which we didn’t.  I was able to get on the internet on my phone for about 5 minutes to find a recipe and write it down.  I decided to make apple pie which seemed appropriate because we were out in the country.  I made the crust from scratch and ran into a ton of problems doing so.  I didn’t have a mixer, so the flaky pie crust wasn’t made very well and kept falling apart.  I didn’t even have a rolling-pin so I used a wine bottle.  (hey, you do what you can and get creative, right?)  And yes, there are pictures somewhere.  I ended up just pressing pieces of the pie crust together into the pie pan.  It turned out fine and no one could tell the difference.  I was able to roll out enough dough for the lattices on top though.

The recipe I used basically only called for apples, cinnamon, sugar and butter.  I recruited a few “sous chefs” to peel and slice the apples and toss them in the cinnamon sugar while I was working on the crust.  All I did then was pour the apples into the crust and top it with butter, then lattice the crust on top.   The recipe also called for milk to be brushed on top of the crust before baking.  Afterwards I realized that an egg wash (mixture of eggs and water) would have been a lot better and would have made the crust a shiny golden brown.  But oh well!  It came out great anyways.  Plus we had some vanilla ice cream to serve with it!

Even after our dinner feast, the pie was devoured.  The next day there was only a tiny slice left, which was gone by the time we left to go home.

It doesn’t look too appetizing in this picture, but it was delicious!


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