Experiments in tinkering and thought

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Apple Experiments – Apple Walnut Sugar Pie

Just when I thought we were out of apples and I could move on to some other ingredient as a base for my recipes, lo and behold, more APPLE PICKING!  We went with my wife’s family this time, picking a combination of Cortland and Empire.

This time I wanted to try making a cross between an apple pie and a sugar pie.

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Apple Recipes – Apple-Lime Meringue Pie

The next, but not the last apple recipe was to take those tart apples and make apple meringue pie.  I did not bother to try to find an actual recipe for this, but instead looked for lemon meringue pie recipe.  The one I used as a reference was from Allrecipes.com.  I wanted it to be mostly like lemon meringue pie in that I did not want to have pieces of apple.  Looking it up now, I saw a recipe for apple meringue pie with apple pieces, which is odd because it will clash with the soft meringue topping.  Therefore I wanted to make a smooth apple filling for the inside.

I still wanted to get the acidity to the pie filling, so I ended up adding lime.  The acidity from the apples tends to diminish as it cooks, so the added lime helped with that.  The tough part was getting the apples fine enough so that the mix would not be grainy.  To liquefy the mix, I put the chopped apples in the food processor for a good 5-10 minutes.  Since they were still raw at this point, the cooking process would also smooth it out.  It worked out quite well.

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Apple Recipes – The Lazy Apple Crumble

After chopping about 20 lbs of apples, and experimenting with a few different recipes with apples, it was time to tackle the real deal – Apple pie.  Now, once the apples are chopped, the part of the pie that is the longest and the hardest to do by far, is the crust.

Pie dough is hard to make, the butter (or margarine) has to be added in slowly, it has to rest, and then rolling it out is usually a challenge as well.  In this case, due to the additional work required in making my own dough,  I am ashamed to say that I just used a storebought frozen pie crust.

Since most of the apple chopping was done previously, the only things left to do were to complete the filling, and make a crumble top for the pie.

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