Apple Pie

When we last visited H.’s parents, his mum gave us a GIANT basket of apples from their garden, and so we’ve been on a bit of an apple craze lately. Fall and apple pie (or “American-style apple pie,” as it’s known here) just go together for me, so I decided to give it a go in an effort to use some of them up. For the recipe, I decided to straight to my Joy of Cooking book. It’s a trustworthy source, and I knew there would be detailed instructions.

I was dreading making the crust before I even began. I knew from experience that the crust is extremely finicky, and somehow I just knew something would go wrong.

As it turns out, there were quite a few problems with this pie!!

Problem #1 — Unlike the (one) previous pie crust I’d made (which had too much fat), this time there was too much flour. I think the problem stemmed from the metric vs. imperial measurements — the conversion wasn’t perfect and it caused problems.
Problem #2 — The pan we used was not meant for pies, and it made the whole shape too deep and rather awkward.
Problem #3 — There wasn’t quite enough crust.
Problem #4 — As a result of #1, the crust was nowhere near flaky enough. The taste was fine, but the texture was off.

The pie still tasted fine (the centre was apples, cinnamon, and just a touch of sugar as these were fairly sweet apples). However, I’ve decided that my next pie will use pre-bought crust (still have yet to find it here but I think it exists), unless I’m making it on a day where I truly have nothing else to do!

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2 thoughts on “Apple Pie

  1. Anonymous 15/11/2011 / 6:01 pm

    Kate,
    I have a recipe for idiot-proof pastry, which to my knowledge, only my Dad has managed to screw up. (It is not idiot-proof if you think you can substitute margarine for lard.) Let me know if you want a copy!
    Jaimie

  2. K.M. 21/11/2011 / 10:15 pm

    Hi Jaimie, that would be great!! Thanks in advance 🙂

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