Frugal Foodie Mama: The Simple Goodness of Homemade Apple Pie

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Simple Goodness of Homemade Apple Pie

Is there anything much better than a homemade apple pie?  I mean, come on. Is there?  There is not much else in my book.  Homemade apple pies remind of watching my mother as a child make pie crust from scratch.  She was a more lovely crust crimper than I though.  ;)  I like to call my pie style "rustic".  
My mother used to take whatever pie crust was left over after making an apple or blackberry pie, roll it out, sprinkle it with sugar and cinnamon, and then slice it into strips.  She would then roll up the cinnamon scented strips like little cinnamon rolls and bake them up in a pie pan.  About 10 minutes later, we had a little appetizer before having a slice of pie.  (By the way, I do this with my left over pie crust too. ;) )

We got these beauties at the local farmers market last weekend.  They were just begging to be transformed into a beautiful pie.

I decided to try a new pie crust recipe that I had pinned weeks ago.  I mean it is called Never Fail Pie Crust.  You can't screw it up, right? ;) (Click here for the recipe from the Made blog.) I find something therapeutic in rolling the dough out.  

Baby girl even helped out in the pie making. :)

I kept the filling simple- about 7-8 medium sized apples, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, a few dashes of nutmeg, a couple tablespoons of flour, and a few squeezes of lemon juice.  
The pie was simple, absolute homemade perfection.  

My husband said that we pretty much have to buy apples at the farmers market every weekend now just so we can have more pie.  ;) This pie didn't last us for very long.  In fact, half of it was gone in the first evening.  In all fairness, my mother came over for dinner and she had a slice, and I gave her two slices to take home to my dad and my sister.  

Another habit I inherited from my mother- pie for breakfast the next morning.  
Best. Breakfast. Ever.

What is a recipe that you make that always stirs up a little nostalgia for you? :)