Thursday, November 30, 2006

As Canadian as Apple Pie

'If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.'

Although I'm not completely sure if the apple dumpling gang's special request was entirely heartfelt, this super keen blogger has never been one (in the two whole weeks that this blog's been in existence) to ignore the requests of a reader.

I learned to make pie crust three years ago from the lovely Karen Gatewood. A native of Americus, Georgia, Karen is mother of our dear friend Tee. Even as she was far away from home while visiting her son and his family in Scotland, Karen demonstrated her classic southern hospitality by kindly schooling me and a couple of other friends the art of pie making. She's a great teacher who de-mystified pastry and her recipe's delicious. I'll be making one this weekend.

Karen Gatewood's Apple Pie
6c apples
1c sugar
4 tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix dry ingredients with sliced apples.

Crust (enough for 3 crusts - two bottoms and one top):
3c flour
1 tsp salt
1c and 2 tbsp shortening (or butter/Cookeen in the UK)

Cut the above ingredients together. Add 1/2c ice water (to sight) and mix with wooden spoon into a ball (don't over blend!) Flour foil or wax paper. Split dough into three and roll onto wax paper until 1/8 inch thick. Put pie plate over the rolled out pastry, flip and fit to pan. Fill with apple filling and repeat rolling process for top crust. Fold and flute edges using a pinch and twist motion. Poke holes in top crust and sprinkle with white sugar. Bake at 425F for 10 minutes and then at 350F for 40 minutes. Lovely.

While you're making your pie you might want to give Paolo Nutini a listen. He's an up and coming Scotsman (Paolo sounds Scottish no?) Since today's pay day (woo hoo!) I'm going to celebrate by buying his cd tomorrow.


the apple dumpling gang said...

Now that does sound very tasty. If only I had an oven now. Any chance of a microwavable apple pie?

The Loeppkys said...

This apple dumpling gang is going crazy with the comments as of late!

That does look like a good recipe. Thanks for sharing Julie! I've got a good one with almonds in it. I'll share it on my blog in the future.

cpb said...

still snowing here. no major plans for the weekend, so that is nice. are you around the house Saturday if we tried calling?

Nancy Jean said...

good day for toon town - CBC radio is now on FM dial!
cpb, can i borrow Oscar for a Fun Run with the Army on Saturday morning?
it is sooo cold here today...

cpb said...

He'd love to go. R was doing baking last night and left dirty dishes on the counter. At 5am we heard a ruckus and buddy was helping himself to a snack in the kitchen. The only damage was a broken wine glass. Bad dog.

Julie said...

Oh, how you love the army. I would like to go fun running with you and Oskie even if it is very cold. I have not done very much running as of late - need to get it in gear . . . I'm liking the comments . . . Did not get to sneakily check them at work today because the net was down. Miss you lots! Happy Friday!!

Julie said...

That dawg! Just had a funny memory of the poodle eating the Panago in the sub in Dawson. Hehe :) Yes, we will be home on Saturday aft/evening I think - Hopefully we will get to chat. It's been too long!
Talk soon and hugs to r -
jbn :)

katevp said...

ninny, you love the army. thomas and i had a little chuckle

how is the major?


Sara said...

I feel very left out of all the Canadian comments...we don't even have any snow yet - maybe I will bake the pie to get me back in the loop!

Julie said...

You're always in the loop. Don't ever think anything different :)

Nancy Jean said...

does sara c have a blog?

Sara said...

Sara C is shy and limits her internet presence to commenting on other people's least on this one I can comment using my real name, tee hee :)

the apple dumpling gang said...

Ya you go whip up a big ol' apple pie and you are definitely back in the loop.