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Friday, October 29, 2010

Birthday Pie

Michael had only one request for his birthday this year:  home-made apple pie.  He never wants cake, only pie.  We actually considered having pies at our wedding instead of cake but the ease of having Barr Mansion just make the cake won out.  So I set out to find a recipe for apple pie.  Not just any apple pie; I wanted to find one that had a blue ribbon attached or that was at least Paula Deen- approved (anytime I am making something that includes mass amounts of butter, she is the woman I turn to for help).  After some searching, I came up with Country Home's Best Ever Apple Pie.  Michael, the pie connoisseur, deemed it the best apple pie he has ever tasted.  Objective achieved.  I even prettied it up by adding on some hearts and a pumpkin: 

Two things that the recipe called for that I think added to the deliciousness: sprinkled sugar on top for some added crunch (Michael said it was reminiscent of crème brulée) and some whipping cream on top of the apple filling for added richness.  Here's the recipe I used (with a few of my notes tossed in):

Country Home's Best-Ever Apple Pie Recipe

1. Prepare pastry. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 pastry ball to a 12-inch circle (if it seems too wet, add flour to both sides while rolling it out). Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate; set aside.

I also want to point out that while I do not have the best track record with making pie crust, this was a snap.  After I had cleaned up the kitchen, I sat down to take a much needed break and looked down at my belly.  Covered in flour.  Turns out, the island in our kitchen is the exact height as my belly so all the dough-rolling and mess-making took it's toll on the kiddo.


  1. What kind of apples did you use?

  2. I think Golden Delicious but Granny Smith would probably work just as well.