Jack's preschool class had a field trip to a farm yesterday. The kids had such a blast seeing the animals, playing on the "hay bale playground" (no jungle gyms on the farm!!) and going on a very bumpy hay ride. One of the best parts for me was going to the market and picking up some fresh tomatoes, apples and a nice, big pumpkin. I was most excited about the apples, though, because it was kind of a chilly, rainy day and I thought an apple pie would be just the thing to warm up our evening.
I am not normally a pie baker. I've been known to make one or two for the holidays, but baking pies is a little out of my comfort zone. In fact, the last apple pie I made was last Thanksgiving and although I found it to be delightful (as I do all Barefoot Contessa recipes), Doug and Ryan thought it was way too tart to actually be considered a dessert. So, I started with Jean's recipe for Flaky Pastry Dough and tweaked it just a tad (to accommodate the sweet tooth) and then changed a few things in the filling from my Barefoot Contessa recipe. It looked beautiful out of the oven and I had every intention of taking a picture of it, but as I've mentioned, I don't bake pies very often, so when I do, they don't sit whole on the counter for too long. Ryan and Doug couldn't wait to cut into it and the finished product was a very sweet, very tasty, yet very soupy pie.
So, I am now on a mission to perfect my apple pie recipe. Hopefully it won't take too many tries. I don't think my waistline can handle it! I'll keep you posted.