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If you can’t remember the last time you had this, it is time to make it again. Simple, nutritious, and gone in a flash. This is a nice, quick dessert and a perfect ending to a dinner of turkey chili and cornbread or a cheese omelet supper. Enjoy the mellow taste of apples, set in a caramelized foundation, and topped with a nutty, brown sugar and oatmeal crisp topping. This is also sublime with diced apricots or pears.
A touch of that amazing Vermont boiled apple cider/syrup again in this great country pie. Boiled apple cider tastes like a zillion apples compressed into a tangy, sweet syrup and is what Johnny Appleseed would have named as his brand of ambrosia. A tiny bit goes a long way and greatly ups the apple notes in this apple pie. But....if you don't have it, use a bit of honey or maple syrup instead. If you do not have these particular apples where you are, just try to find a combination of semi-firm baking/eating apples that are mostly sweet with a hint of tart. The big news on pie dough these days is Crisco’s new No Trans Fats version of their shortening. Look for the green can. We tried it. We liked it. We feel better about shortening lately. If you want to make one, great, classic apple pie, look no further. Make sure the apples are piled high. Don't skimp cuz they sink.
What does this mean? Double-baked? I’ve often wondered about watery an apple pie which is the case if you make apple pie in summer. Why? More than likely, it is because you are using last year’s apples in your filling. Over time, even with the best great cold storage and along with your best baker’s efforts, even the best apples lose their apple perfection and can bake up into a watery pie. So I’ve wondered about cooking the filling a bit first, as pie filling manufacturers do, as evidenced if you’ve ever tasted canned pie filling or had a diner apple pie. I finally did it – cooking up the apples a bit first and I can say the results are really good. Is apple pie made better with this method (and let it be said it is not really double-baked; it is cooked filling and a baked pie)? I would say for apple-pie-in-summer, it’s not a bad approach. Which brings me to the apple-rhubarb combination. I love tart things and again, in summer, last year’s apple crop can taste simply starchy and sweet. But add a bit of summery rhubarb and the whole pie stands up and salutes. Just make sure when you add the par-cooked filling it is not warm or hot; otherwise it will compromise the pie pastry.
AKA Sucre a La Creme Pie. This is a superb pie and one of my personal favorites. In Quebec, it is called sugar pie but it is also known as a chess pie. It is smooth as silk, and decadent as brown sugar fudge.
Is this strudel or a new wave biscotti? This features a biscotti/cookie dough, that is rippled through with apple pie filling (the homemade filling is included; you can also use a can of apple pie filling to speed things up). It is baked once and cut into small sticks that are tightly coiled, showing off their filling. They are crunchy as cookies, interesting as biscotti, and unique as strudel. They keep well and are one of those extremely satisfying cookie bites – as good for the kids as it is for hosting or giving as gifts.
Two types of apples, dried and fresh, make for a profoundly apple-ish pie.
Dried apples were a mainstay on the journey West. This makes a great big pie, so seek out a 10-inch pie tin at a restaurant supply store or tuck it into a ten-inch springform pan. I cut scraps of dough into little leave shapes with a cookie cutter, mark the veins on them and group about five such leaves in the center of the pie. Glaze, bake and learn to take compliments. If you cannot find apple syrup, use pomengrante molasses or leave it out.
Two doughs give a classic apple pie a new spin. Pretty to look at and a delight with tea or coffee. Pastry dough for the bottom, filo for the top.
Dee!licious dulce de leche pecan pie. All you need is a pie shell, dulce de leche filling, and a few pantry ingredients to create a new and luscious spin on this mouth-watering pecan pie. Use a tart shell, instead of the usual pie pan, to make this gourmet glamourous. This is lightly caramel, smooth as silk, and offers a new spin on a traditional favorite. In a pinch, using walnuts instead of pecans, works equally well. Oh- you can also leave out the chocolate chips for a pure, caramel-touched pecan pie.
Dee!licious Dulce De Leche Pecan Pie. This will rewrite your Thanksgiving dessert table. This is better than the classic.
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A tumble of gorgeous pears such as Bosc and Bartlett
makes this a taste and textural sensation. I don’t know what’s better – the scent of this baking or eating it. Serve as is, just warm or with vanilla ice-cream. What’s nice about baking with pears is that there’s no need to peel their tender skins – one less step for the busy baker. My testers voted this taste sensation (in a pie) of the year.