Monday, November 3, 2014

"Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover" Apple Pie

I've been wanting to make a homemade pie crust for the longest time.  I have always used pre-made store bought pie crusts in the past as 1) they taste good and 2) I was a big chicken to try to make my own.  
I came across a recipe some time ago from Cooks Illustrated that uses Vodka in the recipe as a way to keep the pie crust tender and flaky (something about less gluten than just adding water....blah, blah, blah, too much chemistry for me....).  That particular recipe uses a food processor to bring the dough together.  But I found a very similar recipe that comes together by hand.  It turned out great!  And it was actually super easy to make.  I did add 1 Tbsp of sugar to the recipe.   (Couldn't link to the recipe but search "Easy Vodka Pie Crust" on
This pie was not pretty.  I'll call it rustic.  We'll pretend the flaws add character.  

Funny enough, I do not like apple pie.  I know, I know...then why make one?  Josh loves them.  I just don't like the idea of fruit as a dessert.  It's a side item or snack.  That's all.  I did taste the crust minus the pie and it was really good and flaky.  Josh loved it as well.  This one is a keeper!