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11/4/2007

I sometimes get these strange urges…

Filed under: — stan @ 7:37 pm

One day this week I was sitting in my office and started smelling a pie baking in the kitchen downstairs. This happens sometimes, since my office is in a house, and we have a fully-functioning kitchen. It was a peach pie, and a half-gallon of ice cream appeared, too. It was quite good. And I was suddenly seized by an urge to make an apple pie. I’ve only made a pie from scratch once before, and never made an apple pie. But there’s no fighting these urges.

I got some apples today when I went to do our grocery shopping. I looked up a pie crust recipe. And I got down to business.

Making the crust wasn’t too hard. I used to make quiches, so I’m not a stranger to pie crust. But this was the first time in many years. The worst part of the whole process was peeling and cutting the apples. Then I cooked the apples for the filling, which wasn’t too hard.

The instructions said to cool the apples to room temperature before assembling the pie, but I was a bit impatient. They were still a little bit warm, but I don’t think it hurt anything.

I baked the pie for just about 38 minutes before it looked perfectly done. So I took it out and put it in the laundry room to cool. Again, the instructions said to cool it completely before cutting it. But I was impatient. I wanted to try it out. So I cut a piece and ate it.

It was good.

Lucinda looked at me kind of strangely, since I think this is the first dessert she’s ever seen me make that didn’t involve chocolate in some form. But it was a fun little project.

One Response to “I sometimes get these strange urges…”

  1. nolandda Says:

    Generally the filling is cooled in order to make sure the apples are done giving up water. Residual steam condensing inside your crust can produce a slimy or, in the worst case soggy crust. Generally cooling them down all the way to room temp is not necessary, but they should rest a bit.

    If you are feeling super impatient you can move the filling into a metal bowl and then float that metal bowl in a larger bowl or sink filled with cold water. Thermodynamics will take care of things from there.

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