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First Apple Pie in More than 20 Years

I have become committed to being more frugal with what I have, and getting through my freezer, refrigerator and pantry so that I do not waste so much food and money.

I seem to have an exorbitant number of apples, and I had a box of refrigerated pie crusts that I purchased to make pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving. (I obviously did not accomplish that!). Some of the apples were getting a bit "withered" skins, and the "use by" date on the crusts was four days ago.

Two pie crusts, six apples of different varieties, a tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice, some sugar, a couple of spoons of flour, a bit of salt, ground cinnamon, and freshly ground nutmeg made their way together (with my help) into a new pie plate I found at a thrift store the other day. Into the oven at 450F degrees for about 45 minutes, and this was the result.

It is certainly not the prettiest pie I have ever seen or made, nor was it the tastiest I have had, but it is a nice treat. I prefer my homemade pie crust, and I still enjoy the flavor of Granny Smith apples for my pie. The six I used were Pink Lady, Fuji, and Honey Crisp.

But in my quest to use what I have, and not be wasteful, I did succeed. And I have a bit of something that is a nice change of pace.

It was nice to know that I could still make a pie after two decades of not having done it. I do not want to get into the habit of making more, however, as I do not need the extra calories!

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Copyright ©2015 Coral Levang

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Image Credit » Coral Levang, taken with cell phone 1/24/2015

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scheng1 wrote on January 24, 2015, 11:59 PM

It sure looks nice. I hate to waste food too, but my family does not share my view.

MommyCharm wrote on January 25, 2015, 2:01 AM

That makes me want to have even just a slice of an apple pie right now.. or maybe later, after work.

valmnz wrote on January 25, 2015, 2:01 AM

Fantastc! i won't tell my husband as he'll want one too. I've been turning withering fruit into muffins lately. I'd never made a muffin until about 6 months ago. What is happening to us both as we get older emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on January 25, 2015, 3:29 AM

scheng1 Your family likes to waste food? Perhaps I am not understanding. And thank you for the compliment on the pie.

CoralLevang wrote on January 25, 2015, 3:30 AM

MommyCharm Stop by later and I'll put the coffee on and warm up the pie!

CoralLevang wrote on January 25, 2015, 3:33 AM

valmnz I had 3 bananas that were overripe today and I peeled them and put them in a zip-lock bag, as my mother used to do. Zip it up and squish them in the bag, and lay them flat. Three bananas was the number of bananas in her bread recipe. She would tear the bag off of the frozen mash, and put it into the bowl to thaw before making the batter.
As far as us getting older...maybe we are going back to our childhood. ;)

MommyCharm wrote on January 25, 2015, 3:36 AM

oh boy. Now my mouth is really watering for some hot apple pie. If only you're a block away. Jeez, I should get one later at the bake shop!

UK_Writer wrote on January 25, 2015, 4:23 AM

That's nice. I hope you had lashings of hot custard with it too! So many people have food they don't get round to eating.
Nice pie :)

MegL wrote on January 25, 2015, 4:30 AM

Yes, that looks nice and with some custard or cream would be delicious! I agree about not wasting. Peeled apples can also be used in curry or stewed to make applesauce. I understand apple sauce can be frozen, though I have never tried that. Over here, Granny smith apples are considered to be "eaters" and the "cookers" are Bramley apples, which are a very sour apple but fantastic for cooking.

celticeagle wrote on January 25, 2015, 1:43 PM

I haven't made a pie in decades. I used to make everything from scratch when my daughter was real young. Have gone clear to the other end of the spectrum now.

mrsmerlin wrote on January 25, 2015, 2:19 PM

It looks lovely, you have to have an extra slice for each of us.

CoralLevang wrote on January 25, 2015, 2:56 PM

I have never had it with hot custard, but I have had it with a dollop of vanilla ice cream in the past. As well, on occasion, I like it with a slice of very sharp cheddar cheese melted atop the slice of pie.

CoralLevang wrote on January 25, 2015, 3:02 PM

Great idea about the curry. I have done that in the past, as well as making applesauce. When, years ago growing up in California, the only options in the supermarket for apples was the Red Delicious and Granny Smith, I wanted the GS to eat, but Mom would get the RD most often. Yuck. I found them to be too soft and mealy for my liking. I like tart and crisp. I can deal with a sweeter apple, but it has to have a crisp texture for me.

CoralLevang wrote on January 25, 2015, 3:03 PM

MegL Do you make your own curries?

CoralLevang wrote on January 25, 2015, 3:04 PM

celticeagle Nor had I. I guess I cannot say this was from scratch, as I had a bit of help from Pillsbury. My crust is much better. I did find this to be rather tough.

CoralLevang wrote on January 25, 2015, 3:05 PM

mrsmerlin If I do that, I might as well just strap the pie to my arse, as that is where it will be going anyway! ;)

MegL wrote on January 25, 2015, 5:43 PM

Yes, my son mostly makes them but I have his recipes. Some years ago an Indian gentleman and his wife lived nearby and they were friends with my son. The lady taught him to make authentic curries. We don't have them very often because my husband can't take much spicy food and the grandchildren are a little young for them but I have all the spices. I put turmeric and ginger in quite a number of things these days and dried chillies in scrambled eggs is nice.

CoralLevang wrote on January 25, 2015, 6:27 PM

MegL I love curries of all kinds. I am more familiar with Thai curries than Indian foods, but do make my own Masoor Dal and a few other things. The best Indian food I've ever eaten anywhere was when I was in Glasgow in 1999/2000