Musings On Apple Pie

Grandma Would Be Proud!

If it’s September, there must be apple pie.  My adult quest has been to approximate the excellence of my Grandmother Hilst’s pies, the crowning touch of every family holiday.  With these two beauties, I’m close.

What fun to also pick apples from our own three trees in the garden:  transparent, yellow delicious and wine sap.  The combination of the three adds both sweetness and tartness to the filling.  My favorite recipe is “perfect apple pie” from the red plaid Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, circa 1970’s.  I also like their pastry recipe, but I prefer to round the teaspoons of salt for a touch more seasoning to the crust.   Like Grandma, I sprinkle sugar on the top crust before baking.  She also poured whipping cream over the filling before putting on the top crust.  I like to dot the filling with 1/4 cup butter, cut in pats.   [The glaze on the top of the pies above is made with a secret ingredient I can’t share!]

Yes, pie baking from scratch is a time-consuming project.  But what better way to celebrate the turn of seasons…


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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