Post Season and Apple Pie Season
As a lifetime Cardinals Fan I have settled into a tradition in the fall to include the American essentials, especially baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Each time my beloved Birds win post season status I bake apple pie in their honor. We sold the Chevy in 2012 but did have all of those essentials when they won the series in 2011 (we do still have a truck but it’s not a Chevy). I even manage to choke down a couple of hot dogs when ever they get into “Red October”…not to brag but they do it a lot. OK, I am bragging. Tee hee.
All this tradition calls for a traditional apple pie. My favorite source of traditional recipes is the 1976 version of the Betty Crocker Cookbook. I use a bit more apple and sugar and slightly less nutmeg than “Betty.” First, gather up these staple ingredients:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Dash salt
- 6 medium to large tart apples, pared cored and sliced
- 2 tablespoons butter
Preheat the oven to 400. Prepare a pastry crust for a nine inch two crust Pie. Combine dry ingredients. Toss the apples around in them until well coated. Turn into a pastry lined pie plate (I like glass and ceramic for even baking). Cover with the top crust, crimp edges to seal, and cut vent holes in the top or arrange a lattice top crust by cutting the top crust into strips and laying them out in a weave-like pattern. Sprinkle the top with sugar for a bit of sparkle and bake 50 minutes or until crust is brown and juices bubble through the vent holes. This pie should be served warm and à la mode to honor a great team.
If you can find apples right from the tree, this recipe will be even better. Apples vary in how they cook too. I’ve found Johnaghans to be my favorite for tartness and ability to hold its shape. Gold Delicious also hold very well but don’t have the same tartness. Red delicious are ones that get mushy but, hey it’s your pie so bake what you like, experiment while the season is on and make a favorite tradition of your own.