More Pie!

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.

20160910_135658The 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.

20160910_141915Good ol’ mandoline.

20160910_143504To try something different, I put pecans in these pies.  Some of my friends thought I put too much in, but I didn’t think it was that bad.

20160910_145017The rolling pin made the crusts a lot easier to make, but it still took a fair amount of time and effort.

20160910_163541The finished result:

20160910_182738I 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…



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