Sunday, May 24, 2009

American as Apple Pie

I hope everyone is enjoying a great Memorial Day weekend! Mr. Squash and I are honoring our veterans past and present. Both sides of our families were in various conflicts - most returned, a few didn't. They were all brave and honorable and we think of them with fond memories and appreciation for their service.

So what is more American than Apple Pie? Since Mr. Squash served in Korea during Vietnam, I thought I would honor him with his favorite apple pie. Preheat oven to 450. Gather together 5 Golden Delicious apples, 2/3 cup of brown sugar, 1 to 1 1/2 T. Cornstarch, a pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp of cinammon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1 1/2 T butter and some Pillsbury pie crusts (I swear by these!).

Peel apples and slice thinly. Wouldn't you know I packed my apple corer, so I had to do it the old fashioned way!
Mix together apples with everything but the butter and heap into bottom crust. I like to mound them up high in the center. Dot with butter and place top crust on.

Brush top crust with a little milk and sprinkle generously with fine sugar - I use Castor sugar. Bake for 10 minutes at 450, then reduce to 350 and bake until crust is golden and apples are bubbling - appx 35-45 more minutes.
While pie is in the oven, check your cottage garden in front that you worked on so hard the day before. All of this will be in full bloom in another week or so.
I didn't think this tree rose would make it over the winter, but it has several buds on it!
When you return from the garden your pie will be done and ready to enjoy!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing your apple pie recipe. It is just about the same as the way I make it..Fruit pies are my favorite.On our way to AZ. on Wednesday..I will have to check your blog from there. Our youngest daughter (41yrs.) is getting married in Sedona. Louise

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Candace I can smell that apple pie here. Love apple pie and your kitchen looks like a great place to be cooking in.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Sherri said...

Oh...if I had some apples I would make that right now...guess I'll be getting some soon! Thanks for the recipe...and enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend as well!

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful treat for Mr. Squash! I heart pie.

Quilt Hollow said...

Yummo....looks delicious. My DH is retired AF after 23 years having served Desert Shield/Storm, and numerous, numerous deployments. God Bless the men and women who protect our freedom.

Carrie ~ said...

Your tips are my favorites too for pie baking, love the premade crusts. I roll them out a bit, then walaa done, ready... you know it smells so good from here, isn't this blogging amazing!!!! Enjoy your pie and the rest of your weekend!

Purple and Paisley said...

yum, yum, yum...

and mr. squash? thank you for serving our country...i have freedom because of you and i am forever grateful...♥

Gran said...

Thank you to Mr. Squash for his service. My DH served 6 years during the Viet Nam conflict.

Your pie pictures look delicious and I am going to make an apple pie tomorrow using your recipe.

God Bless America and our brave service men and women.

Kim said...

A day of remembrance is well celebrated anytime apple pie is involved! The gardens are looking very well cared for.

*karendianne. said...

Oh I'm soooooo there!

Kaaren said...

Put the kettle on cuz I'll be there shortly for some tea and apple pie...Y-U-M-M-O!

Don't you just love gardens in the Spring? I took a slew of photos this morning and hope to have them on my blog tomorrow.

Oh, and I forgot...lemon with my tea, please. (wink)

Julia said...

Yummy, I can almost smell it!!! One of my favorite pies. Makes me think of fall. :~)

Kay said...

Pillsbury crusts are the best! I used to make good crusts from scratch, but I realized no one but me knew the difference, so I'm totally Pillsbury now! Great looking pie.

Anita said...

Yum! There is baking going on at both ends of the freeway!

sewtakeahike said...

Lovely garden Candace and OMG that pie looks amazing!!

mary said...

That picture of apple pie was so enticing! I had to make my own version today. Yummmmm

Carrie P. said...

Yum! Tell Mr. Squash I said thanks for serving our country, a day late. But I do appreciate it a lot.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

My mom, freda, used to make the best apple pies. It was one of her specialties along with her oven fried chicken. Anyway Mr. Hive loved my mom's pie so much. He misses it. And I don't do pie very well. Before she passed away she asked my sister Polly, who is a great pie baker, to make Mr. Hive a pie once in a while. It was so sweet. We didn't find out until years later when he was eating one of those pies, that this was one of those super thoughtful things my mom thought of before she passed. Sigh. Your pie looks soooo wonderful.

Karen said...

That looks delicious! I LOVE apple pie. While I was catching up on my quilting blogs, I was pleased to spy you on Lisa's!