I am NOT turning into a baking blog, I promise! Besides the cakes that I have been working on, I have one other "speciality". I have it in quotes, because to me pie is pie. But according to my father, I make the world's best Apple pie - well second to my mom, of course. She has passed down the tradition to me and ever since I made my first one 4 years ago, it is my job to do it every holiday and sometimes - very rarely - my dad will get one out of the blue - just because.
This was one of those "out of the blue" times. My mom and I went to the local apple farm last week and I saw the Granny Smith's and new what I should do. Besides I did just buy a Pampered Chef Pie Crust Shield :-) which to me was a complete splurge, but none the less, I am now a Pampered Pie Baker! So on Friday, I made one of my famous Apple Pies from scratch!! The secret you may ask? It's what you can't really read in the above picture. My mom has a few things scribbled in the ingredients section that I will keep a secret too! Okay fine, I won't keep it a secret because Thanksgiving is coming and with the season changing everyone enjoys a wonderful piece of apple pie.
My secret is to use all Granny Smith apples! The tart goes really well with the sugar and extra spices that are added! Along with that here is the rest of my Mom's secret:
instead of 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg - change it to 1/3 teaspoon of nutmeg
keep the cinnamon the same at 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
And you're adding 1/3 tsp. of allspice
My mom always made crusts from scratch, so of course I had to keep that tradition going also. Which makes it a little bit more time consuming but well worth it in the end to have a nice flaky, buttery crust that melts in your mouth!!