Grandpa’s Apple Pie
You know when you want to really make someone smile, you’d do almost anything? Well, Ben’s grandpa is one of those people I always want to see smile. And one of his most favorite, sure-to-make-him-smile desserts is apple pie.
I had never made an apple pie prior to this one. I was excited for this excuse to try, but, full disclosure: I am a bit of a perfectionist. I’m not sure that first-time apple pie making, an A-type personality, and a blog can go together. And, I was half right.
I made my very first apple pie far too early one morning, when the snow (yes, it’s March, but it’s still snowing here) was falling softly outside. I was humming along, looking at the crust, thinking, “Oh, my, doesn’t this look rather sticky!” But I thought nothing of it, put it in the fridge to come together a bit, and got to work peeling and slicing the apples. I took out the crust, only to realize that (gasp!) it was still far to wet. I read the instructions once, and then another time, only to realize that I had forgotten something fairly important: flour. Yes, I had added flour, but somewhere amidst the humming and scowling at the weather, I had neglected a cup (yes, an entire cup) of this essential ingredient. So, I did my best to add it and make it into some sort of semblance of a crust, and continued on my quest.
I added the filling and then the topping, which never looked like “course sand.” It looked like very find sand in an hourglass. But, I added it over the apples anyway, and prayed for the best.
When this sad looking apple pie came out of the oven, I was wrought with distress. So, I did what any perfectionist would do while waiting for this ugly looking pie to cool.
I found another recipe and started all over again (did I mention I was a perfectionist?) and popped it right into the oven, feeling much more confident about myself. The funny thing is, pie #1 actually tasted quite good. It just looks a bit like…well…let’s just say that the above picture is better than what it looked like in person. Pie #2, however, was a success, and is currently being enjoyed by a very smiley, very happy grandpa. Continue reading