I live for the weekends these days, I tell you. As much as I love what I do for a living, I long for Saturday and Sunday and to sleep in until 8:00, to not have a pressing agenda, and to just go with the flow. This past Saturday found me running errands after the obligatory chores I always seem to have, and one of the errands was a visit to the apple orchard. With the crisp fall weather that we’re experiencing these days, I wanted to make something special for dessert on Saturday night, so I baked my husband’s favorite dish.
He said it was better than it normally is.
And it is normally very very good, if I must say so myself.
I used Stayman Winesap apples. I can’t get them all the time and usually have to resort to using Granny Smith for this recipe. But it’s Stayman that makes this dish shine.
Well, that and the recipe I’ve been using since I was a teenager. I found the recipe in a cookbook I bought myself when moving into my first apartment. The book is falling apart and I’ve resorted to labeling some of my favorite pages.
The apples are cut thickly and they are sautéed in a small amount of water for a little while before adding them to the dish. Then the dry ingredients are simply patted on top, and butter is added before the top crust is placed. Don't worry ~ it will all cook down and turn into a most scrumptious dessert.
I had some extra pie crust so I cut out some leaves and placed them around the heart, using water as my glue.
Because you cook this pie for 10 minutes at a high temperature and then turn it down for another 45, I like to use a pie crust protector. I got this one from Pampered Chef years ago. It helps to grease it just a little bit before using.
The finished dish. I could have done some more styling here, but I’m slackin’ in the stylin’ department at the moment.
I promise you though – it’s a marvelous dish that you may need to make this weekend. Just don’t forget the Stayman’s. Here’s the recipe, straight out of my old cookbook.
The Apple Pie that wins hearts
Lovin’ from the oven. Just for you.