Sunday, November 29, 2009

Eating Humble Pie


In case any of you were wondering what pie I ended up making (no? well too bad), I went with my sister's amazing apple pie recipe.

I don't actually like apple pie much. Not an apple fan in general. But this recipe is so delicious I just can't resist it. Something about it---the mixture of different types of apples, the tartness, the firmness, the lack of carmely flavor- which I can't abide in apple desserts-and the lack of syrupy goo--just makes this pie wonderful. (If you want the recipe, you can find it at www.kingarthurflour.com.)

I got up early to make this pie. I wanted to give it time to settle (a tip I got from the website on working with fruit pies. They tend to give up their juice when cooking but they re-absorb it as they cool. So let your pie cool and then reheat later if you don't want a runny pie.) I worked on it all day...double crust (Ok, Marie Calendar actually made the crust, but I did have to roll out the top crust so it would fit. Besides, just peeling apples takes forever!). It looked so beautiful when I was done. The crust was a perfect golden brown. The inside was bubbling nicely and hadn't leaked out. I was so proud!

After dinner, I was excited to be the first to try my pie. But as I bit into the first piece, I decided that it was much too sour. Too many Granny Smiths, I decided. I should have added more sugar, I thought. And then the wheels in my head started to turn... I remembered putting in cinnamon, nutmeg, corn starch, vanilla, lemon juice....SHOOT! I forgot to add the sugar!

Luckily, with 7 different pies to choose from, no one had tried my pie yet except me. I took the other 7/8ths of my pie home in shame.

Later my mom came up with the brilliant idea of scooping out the filling, mixing in some sugar, and stuffing it back in. Delicious! And all the leftovers are at my house. Just the way I like it. (Thanks, Mom, for averting a serious pie disaster!)

Anyone for pie?

11 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I'm sure it was still delicious.

Soul-Fusion said...

my butterscotch pie (my dad's absolute favorite) refused to set up for inexplicable reasons this year. Luckily I am ridiculous and made 4 pies for 5 people so no one had to drink it.

alex dumas said...

Nice save, Mom. A la mode for me, please.

(I love people who use the word "abide" in everyday language.)

Sara said...

Willie Liked your pie! He ate the piece I brought home.

André said...

Sounds like it turned out for the best since it tastes good and you got to keep the whole thing!

kado! said...

ha! Sounds like a great fix! or your could add the sugar and use it as ice-cream topping!!! Yummy!

M-Cat said...

That is SO something I have done before. Well, not with pie, cause I don't make pies. But I've completely forgotten entire important ingredients. I think it's best that I stay out of the kitchen and leave it to the pros like you!

PS - you looked fab today!

Nicki said...

I miss that pie - I'm glad it all turned out in the end!

jennie w. said...

Leave it Mom to figure out how to salvage a pie! I haven't made one since we left Utah. They just aren't worth the trouble to me.

Shawn said...

Heh, heh! Sounds like something that I might do!! I happen to LIKE a sour type pie, though!

tiburon said...

Oops!!! I would have still eaten it :)