Apple Pie

For those of you who know me personally, you know about me and pies. I would rather have pie than cake on my birthday, heck if we had found a pie that was anywhere near equal to my mother’s we would have had pie at my wedding!  Making a pie has been a baking goal for a long time, it is also something that has severely intimidated me…probably for equally as long!

For Mother’s Day my parents got me a new book:

image courtesy of: http://www.marthastewart.com

I have baked from two of Martha’s previous books, Cupcakes and Cookies and been quite successful, so I decided for Father’s Day that I should bake my hubby a pie.

I bought all my ingredients and was home with them by 3:30 pm of Father’s Day. I started making my dough, according to Martha you need to make a Pate Brisee.  Little did I realize that the total refrigeration time for the entire pie would be a minimum of 2 hours. Needless to say, not much other than the dough got made on Father’s Day itself.  I made full use of Monday morning nap time though!

Here is my gorgeous pie in all its glory.

Don’t you just want to cut right into it?

I did!!!

And what is Apple Pie with out Vanilla Bean ice cream?

A match made in heaven 🙂

The hubby’s only critique was that it was not sweet enough, and on this one I had to agree with him wholeheartedly. Martha calls for only a 1/4 cup of sugar and it needed anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2.  Have you baked anything out of Martha’s Pies and Tarts?

This successful pie gives me the confidence to try more a more complicated recipe next time! Now if only I had all the fancy kitchen gadgets that Martha recommends, maybe then everything in her books wouldn’t take twice as long as her recipes say they should!

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