Friday, January 1, 2010

The Empty Pitcher

An acquaintance of mine recently likened being a mother to being a pitcher constantly filling up the others around us, leaving us empty.... Today was a glowing example of this. The baby decided that he wanted to stay up and ring in the new year even though staying up until midnight was not anything Wes and I deemed worthwhile (amazing how priorities change when there are three little ones around). After being awoken numerous times in the night by various children, I arose this morning with a raging sore throat with requests for story reading immediately following. I did manage to bake a pie, however I accidentally bonked my daughter on the forehead with a canister of flour (one of those wonderful 'way to go, mom' moments). This mommy would personally love her pitcher to refilled with sangria.... oh wait, im nursing.

Baby Don't Cry Apple Pie

pie crust- (you will need 2 crusts for this pie)
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup plus 2 TBS cold unsalted butter cut into little pieces
1/2 tsp vinegar (THE SECRET INGREDIENT)
4 to 5 TBS ice water

Stir flour and salt in large bowl.
Scatter butter over over flour and cut in with pastry blender or two knives until butter is size of peas.
Add vinegar, then gradually add ice water and stir with a fork until dough comes together, should still be slightly crumbly.
Gather dough in hands and form into a round disk, cover with plastic wrap or wax/parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 min.

5 or 6 apples (for a well rounded pie use a variety) peeled, cut into slices, then cut into chunks
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 TBS flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp milk

put everything (except milk) together in a large bowl and stir it up!

Roll out bottom pastry and put in pie plate with slight overhang, pour in filling, roll out top pastry and put it on top.
Use the milk to 'glue' the two pieces together around the edges, cripm with your fingers, make a few slits in the pie, sand with some sugar ontop, and put into a 425 oven for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and bake 40 min more.


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