as american as.

Apple pie. 


Since we are on the autumn and winter fruit cycle, we have lots of apples and not a whole lotta anything else. This morning I woke up with a pie-making urge, probably left over from the pie recipes I drooled over last night. I've been reading about cherries everywhere lately. Oh, how long has it been since I've eaten a cherry? It feels like it's been more than a year, though I remember eating freshly picked cherries while we were in Turkey last (northern hemisphere) summer. It's just that the cherry bushels never make their way this far south. 

I imagined the pie I would make, before I even tumbled hopped out of bed. Serkan skipped to the corner store for butter, while I started to prepare my first apple pie ever. It's another Smitten Kitchen recipe. I poured fresh lemon juice over the sliced apples before fanning them out inside the crust and then I added a bunch of cinnamon. The crust is not completely pie like. I guess because it's more of a tart, and the crust is more like the savory galette crust I made the other day. I chose this method because we don't have a pie-sized tin/glass. Going freestyle was the easiest way! Another scrumptious kitchen success! Not cherries, but still festive and American-esque.

Also, Instead of making a glaze as called for in the recipe, I boiled down all the cores and peels (and some extra apple filling for slicing too many apples) with some sugar, a cinnamon stick and a few cloves for a few hours to make a delicious cider, which I'm going to curl up with in bed right now. 

Wishing all you North Americans a colorful, love-filled 4th of July!


Claire Kiefer said...

YUM! Wish we could share a pie together. I love and miss you especially right now . . . not sure why I'm so sentimental but would do anything to be sitting on my couch with you and a bottle of wine. love you lady.

Poppies and Sunshine said...

The apples look amazing! Love that apple picture with the hearts :)
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

this free bird said...

This looks absolutely fantastic. Would absolutely love to try a piece...and the cider sounds delicious as well!! Hope you're having a great weekend. :)

The Simply Luxurious Life said...

This apple concoction looks absolutely delicious! I love how you positioned the crust.
Thanks for stopping by today and having a cup of tea with me. I enjoyed your comment about Madonna - I have to absolutely agree with you. It takes courage and inner strength to feel we can (and should) ask/demand what we want. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. =)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Yum! My husband is allergic to raw apples, but has no problem eating apple pie (esp. one like this!)

Thank you for your sweet comments - I'm so intrigued by the different wallpapers and am looking forward to making that rainbow colored ice cream cake some time!

Anna Walker said...

Yummmm! That looks amazing and I can seriously smell and taste the cider right now (it reminds me of autumn which is my favorite, amongst all the seasons!)

Melissa Blake said...

My favorite pie. In. the World! xoxo

and flowers pick themselves said...

so gorgeous! hope you had a wonderful day!

xo Alison

Kathy said...

I was thinking of making an apple pie too today, and this seals the deal....I have too. I have really enjoyed your blog you are so bright and talented, good luck with your move, I will be following you to see how it all turns out. Best wishes my new friend


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