Enough butter pastry for one nice size tart pan
6 to 8 apples, such as a combination of Golden Delicious because they keep their shape well and Cortland or Macs, because they are crisp and sweet and have good apple character - which is everything in an apple pie
Pure Sweet Sugar – How much? If you are sweet, use less (I use less). If you are cold-hearted or you are jaded (as life in the city can make you) use more. But it might not help.
Cinnamon - not really necessary in apple pie but I like it, as do those I love, and I bake to please. Cinnamon is not a gentle spice; it is a fiery one and sometimes a mellow apple pie, like a mellow love affair, can stand some heat.
Touch of fresh lemon juice …because lemon, like all things sour, balances the tart with the sweet.
Farm Fresh Butter. How much? Lots. Because butter is a gift. It is like gold. You must taste the butter to make sure it is fresh. A little might stay on your lips and shine ever so. You can lick that off. It will not affect the recipe. It might garner you more kisses than even the pie will.
Smidgen of apple cider - if you have a notion. Nothing, not even apple pie, should be too predictable.
Directions: pare your apples. Dream a little while doing this, but take care not to cut yourself. Think good thoughts. Good thoughts flavor everything just so. This is why most everything I make is ambrosial and stirring.
Butter your pan - preferably a nice French pan. A nice copper pan or a graniteware pan, while plain, will do the trick. Plain can be simple and pure. Be mindful of simple things.
Arrange your apples on the pan bottom. Let them feel cozy and nesting. Dot with butter and dust with sugar. Lay a kiss of cinnamon on top, and one smaller kiss of lemon juice.
Roll your crust out - it might rip if you lack experience but if you are gentle, easy going, and thorough, it will respond. All dough knows the baker's intentions and it will respond in kind. Take time to touch the dough to have a sense of how it feels. Think of someone you love who will later enjoy your efforts. Take your time.
Lay the dough out on the apples, press lightly - properly rolled dough will naturally curve itself around the apples. Make sure it all nestles together just so. Bake in a hot stove ...not scorching but just enough heat. Reduce heat and let things settle.
Bring it out of the oven and with one deft movement - it is all about knowing and not knowing but hoping. Flip it over on a serving plate. Some times this is messy...but it is always good. Apple pie like this is best when it's shared. Best at midnight or early morning. It is not a dish for company. It is a dish for two.
For Valentine’s Day, bake this receipt in a heart shaped quiche or tart pan or heart ceramic pie pan. Look around – you’ll find just the right one.
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