Change – {Apple Pie}

Straining to hold loosened flip flops to my frigid souls, the chilled toes beneath me are working overtime to combat the effects of the weather. Peachy tones have long-since camouflaged themselves in white, left unable to escape the daggers of the bitter wind over my skin.

It’s hard not to wear sandals on a day like today.

It certainly looked like summer outside my windows this morning.

I feel myself shrinking inward to retain heat. I check the zipper about my neck to ensure its complete closure, then retract the over-worked fingers into my sleeves. My legs protest the length of my stride, favoring a shuffle over a glide, and my pace is slowed. The unfortunate side effect of walking in cold weather is that trips always take longer. Or maybe it just seems that way…

I have firm resolutions about seasons. Spring’s kind of chilly, but I like it because things are warming up and coming back to life. I thrive in summer, but if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you probably knew that. But Fall isn’t a time of year that I’m particularly fond of (don’t even get me started on winter). It’s cold. The days are shorter. I have to put away my skirts. I love the idea of an Indian Summer, but the classified days are so fleeting and few in number that I’ve learned to hate them as nothing more than a tease. Fall’s palette of leaves are, admittedly, gorgeous; but their brilliant colors can only be painted beneath the strokes of feet and gentle winds for so long before they dry, crinkle and brown.

Beautiful art tossed in the compost heap.

Such a shame.

How is it that people learn to appreciate this season? It’s the time of year that we all dreaded in our youth, isn’t it? We’d return to school and the summer warmth would leave us just as quickly as our backpacks and lockers filled with papers and books.

Nature died along with all the fun.

Maybe I’m exaggerating.

I dunno.

I hate to post drawn-out complaints here, but I also don’t have as many positive sentiments toward this season as so many others do. Still, I felt the need to reference fall. I guess this is just my way of doing it.

Anyway, I suppose fall isn’t all bad. At least there are apples.

I like apples.

And apple pie makes the house smell awesome, so at least I can curl up with a blanket and just enjoy that.

As fleeting as that may be.

Apple Pie
Fruit pies don’t really require exact recipes, in my opinion. Just a little of this, a little of that, you know? It’s all wrapped in pie crust anyway, so whatever you do is bound to be delicious!
Printable Recipe

1/4 c sugar, more or less to taste
2 Tbls flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Apples; peeled, cored and sliced (I used Empires and Northern Spies. Use more than you think you’ll need; they’ll cook down!)
2 Tbls butter
Pie pastry, enough for a double-crust pie (recipe below)
Coarse sugar

Preheat oven to 425F (220C).

Roll out one pie crust round and place it in your pie pan. Dock the bottom and sides and place in the freezer while you make the filling.

Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a large bowl. Toss in apples. Pour into prepared crust and dot with butter.

Roll out the second crust and place over the pie. Seal and flute the edges, then cut a few slits in it to release steam. Brush with milk and sprinkle the sugar over the top. Bake for 20 minutes then decrease the oven temperature to 375F (190C) and bake 30-35 minutes until well-browned and crispy.

Pie Crust via Fannie Farmer
Makes enough for 1 double-crust 9″ pie.

2 c (250 g) flour
1 tsp salt
1/3 c (78 g) shortening, chilled
1/3 c (78 g) butter, frozen
4 Tbls cold water (may need more or less)

Mix flour and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Add chilled shortening and place in freezer. On a chilled plate, grate butter with a cheese grater using the larger holes. Add to shortening and press mixture gently with fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle water over the dough, tablespoon by tablespoon, and mix with a fork just until combined. Compress into a ball (try not to knead too much!) and flatten into two equal-sized disks. Wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours (or up to a week).


  1. says

    I can imagine how the weather is changing…it has been raining quite a lot here (you guys get snow, we get cold weather + hurricanes…fair?) and i'm currently under the comforter waiting to drift to sleep. Of course, a picture of a warm and toasty apple pie usually does the trick…:)

  2. says

    When is (another) major publication going to pick up on your awesomeness?! That picture of apple pie is perfection, and I'm sure it tastes just the same. I have to admit to loving fall and winter, though. Summers down South are just oppressively hot and humid and just smothering. It doesn't really get "cold" here until December, though. Whew. Have a great weekend!

  3. says

    AWWW!! Before you totally give up on fall you will have to try a New Mexico fall out!! It is my favorite season down here! It's finally not too hot, the leaves last for what seems like forever, and the fields are FULL of beautiful orange pumpkins. :)

  4. says

    mmmmmm .. this looks DELICIOUS! And makes the fact that autumn is here ALL too real. I can almost smell the crisp, cool air mixed with the warm, sweet, cinnamony scent of this pie RIGHT NOW!! :) I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing. xo

  5. says

    Since the Rainbow cake I keep following your blog and this one look so yummy and yet so easy… I should give it a try… Thanks for sharing all the awesome recipes.

  6. says

    I hear ya! I left those ridiculous Midwest fall and winter seasons for beautiful California. Good riddance snow and frozen boogers!<br /><br />Also, I can&#39;t wait to make this apple pie! <br />Question: What does the shortening do for the pie crust? Shortening kind of freaks me out, so do you know of an acceptable substitute? Thanks. :o)<br /><br />Stay warm!

  7. says

    Gorgeous pie! I understand your sentiments about fall, too. If the NICE mild weather and leaves lasted longer — if it felt like an actual SEASON instead of a few days before everything died and froze, I&#39;d enjoy it. But as it is — while I love those few days and get excited about the festive atmosphere — it&#39;s just too darn short to enjoy much.

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