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And then I made pie.

10 Mar

First, can I just say how cool it is that someone in the Philippines read my blog? Much love to all of you who have been reading, following, and commenting.

And now onto the pie.

A few months back, on one of my excursions to the mecca of dealhounds, Marshalls, I got this delightful mini-pie press. In the shape of a star. It took me roughly thirty 0.3 seconds to decide that yes, I needed a mini-pie mold. Everyone should own a mini pie mold. Pie is delicious and mini pies are even better.

I hadn’t had a chance to use it, as I didn’t have a good reason for making mini pie. Luckily, I needed to bribe my coworkers. Yeah, luckily.

Given that winter in Rochester lasts forever (foooorrrrreeeeevvvverrrrrr), the only type of pie worth making is apple.

As I always say, because I’m lazy efficient, I used the Pillsbury roll-out refrigerated pie crust. You can make five pies from one package. You’ll have to combine the dough and re-roll it out to make the last two crusts.

I don’t use a recipe for apple pie–which makes it more impressive when people ask if you use a recipe. I more go by a few rules of thumb. The rule of thumb?

Here’s how it all goes down:

  • Get a couple apples. Two apples made the five pies, with some to spare. How about them apples?
  • Three parts white sugar, one part brown sugar. Enough to coat the chopped apples but not too much. Else your filling gets runny.
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon–just give it a good squeeze.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • A few tablespoons flour.
  • Egg wash (i.e. egg yolk + water) to coat the top crust.

Combine all the ingredients, and spoon into your pie crust. Make sure you seal the edges carefully and lightly brush the egg wash on.

Bake on parchment paper at 400F for about 10 minutes, and then turn down to 325F until the pie looks done. Trust me, you’ll know when it’s done.

My only complaint is that my pie did not hold its star shape. Whatever. You can’t win them all. The pie was still delicious.

Small moment of bragging: my coworker left me a voicemail saying this was the “best pie he had ever tasted.”

Bonus points if you got all the references without looking at the links.