Tasting Home: The Best Apple Pie Ever

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The following post is from my lovely wife, Tara. If you know Tara than you know this woman knows how to cook. She loves bold flavors and is a master at baking desserts. So when she says a dessert is the “best ever” you better pay attention. Not only is the apple pie recipe she shares below amazing, but it also represents a marquee memory of home for her, especially this time of year.

It’s that time of year again. What time is that you say? Time for apple cider, apple butter, apple pie, cinnamon apple scones, pork roast with apples, Waldorf salad. Need I go on? It’s fall! It’s apple time.

My most nostalgic memories of fall home life include the scent of apple pie baking in the oven and eating my mother’s one of a kind sheet cake apple pie. She made it for many church potluck dinners and school bake sales, but it became even more special to me throughout my college years when I was far away from home (I grew up in Illinois and attended college in South Carolina). Every fall my mother would send a care package including boxed macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, laundry detergent, etc., and an entire sheet cake apple pie (She sent down a goodie box with a school group that traveled to the school every fall for a competition. I don’t know if the pie would have lasted in the mail). That pie was heavenly.

My roommates grew to appreciate this special treat as well, much to my dismay. A few times they finished the pie when I was out socializing, and I didn’t get my third and fourth servings. And of course, it never hurt to share a piece with a potential beau either. He could always hope that the baking gene had been passed along to the daughter. Mom’s apple pie became an important piece of home for me when I was away from home. And to my tastebuds, no other apple pie has ever been able to hold a candle to its flavor.

Part of its charm is the homemade crust. It wouldn’t be as good without it. Homemade pie crusts are a requirement for membership in my family. I think that if one of my sisters or sister in law ever tried to pass off a pie with a purchased crust she would probably be disowned. Well, that might be overstating it a little bit, but pie dough making and crust rolling were an important part of our Midwest upbringing. I digress.

Another part of its charm is that Mom’s recipe calls for mace in addition to the traditional nutmeg. It just adds an extra little zing.

And to complete the masterpiece, the pie is glazed with a little frosting! How can that be bad?

This specific apple pie is now integral to my family’s fall menu. It just wouldn’t feel like fall if we didn’t have it at least once. Try this recipe and it might become part of your family’s fall …read more

Via: Blue Matter


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