Monday, October 13, 2014
That's the Way the Pie Crumbles
On one of the days that my body was healing, I decided to try something that I don't do often and am terrible at... make a pie. I love pie. Pie is a salve for the soul. I think after eating a piece of pie, anything in life will seem better. The problem is that I'm terrible at pies. I can make a good crust but the filling always ends up a soupy mess or the pie ends up looking thin and anemic. Sometimes the crust tastes good and is flaky on the edges but it it soft and doughy underneath. Other times it is perfect underneath but is burnt on the edges.
Last summer, my parents gave me several bags of apples from the trees we planted on their farm ten years ago the day after we got married. Instead of party favors, we planted fruit trees for an orchard. One of my wife's aunts were visiting at the time and spent a day cutting and slicing the apples into freezer bags along with some flour, sugar and cinnamon. The goal was that someday all I would have to do is to thaw them out, dump them in a crust and bake them into a pie.
One recent Saturday in between my home improvement shows that I watch, I caught a show by Martha Stewart on how to make a crumble topping fruit pie. I normally put pies between an lower and upper crust which might be why they always end up soupy so I thought this might be the cure for that. So I made the crumble to Martha's instructions, the lower crust to my normal recipe, added twice my normal filling to avoid an anemic pie and ended up with the best pie I have ever made. There is hope for me yet.