It’s been one year since I changed my diet in order to facilitate weight loss. I’ve lost about 70 lbs in that time.
I had some company over last week and decided to make some pie for them. This time I bought an apple peeling machine, an apple corer, and a rolling pin to help. It was definitely money well spent.
Thanks to the machine, I was able to painlessly prepare much more apple filling for the pies (I made two at once). I had my reservations that a $10 apple peeling machine would be any good, especially with small apples, but it worked amazingly well. It was almost fun, actually.
The corer made it trivial to get rid of the seeds and hard bits. The tool itself had a flaw in that there was no easy way to get the core out of itself. Some sort of plunger or something would have helped.
I tried baking at a lower temperature this time in order to prevent the lattice from becoming too hard, but it still turned out too crunchy. I’m not sure what to do about that. If I attempt another pie, I think I will use shortening instead of butter. I hear it should make the crust flakier; maybe that will help with the hardness of the lattice.
Even with machines pies are still a lot of work. That’s really the main thing that keeps me from baking pies all the time (which is probably a good thing).
I still have a good amount of apples left, and I’m still hungry for apple pie…
A week ago, a friend of mine gave me a huge bag of apples from trees growing on his dad’s property.
I prepared yesterday by looking up a recipe for apple pie. There were way too many recipes out there — way too many “commercial” recipes, especially. I just wanted something traditional, so I found a generic recipe on WikiHow.
On the way home from work, I picked up the few things I was missing. As usual, I bought sugar that I didn’t need (my sugar collection is up to three bags of white sugar and two bags of brown sugar).
This is the recipe I actually ended up using:
Bake at 400ºF for 15 minutes, then at 375ºF for 45 minutes.
Here are a series of photos as proof:
Some things I learned:
The pie is cooling right now. If I never make another blog post, that probably means the pie turned out to be poisonous.