Thursday, May 19, 2011

pie in the sky ((summer of pies, take one))

All the women in my family make beautiful, delicious, scrumptious, perfect pies...

Pecan Pie. Apple Pie. Chocolate Chip Pie. Chocolate Pie. Lemon Meringue Pie. You name it. They've baked it & made it look easy.

..and yet..

I've only been able to conquer cupcakes. Besides the pumpkin pie & a chicken pot pie, I haven't ever made a legit, southern, givemetwopiecesoratleastahugepieceanddon'tforgetthebluebell pie. 

SO...I have officially declared this summer ((even though it's still spring)):
the summer of pies.

First up: Mrs. Hansen's Apple Pie. 
((Mrs. Hansen was my dad's college roommate's mother))

6 apples, peeled & sliced ((I used Granny Smith))
4 T. flour
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon ((i upped it to a Tablespoon it because Chaser looooves his cinnamon))
1/2 stick margarine ((psh. butter, please))
Double pie crust

Combine flour, sugars & cinnamon. Mix with apples. 
Pour on top of unbaked pie crust. Slice butter & place on top of apples. Place top crust on pie ((I cut mine into strips, brushed it with "egg wash" and sprinkled some sugar to make it pretty)).  Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour at 400°.

Just look at that bubbly, gooey, buttery goodness!

I'll go ahead and say that I passed this first pie test with flying colors. I'm sure I'll be humbled when I try my first meringue. 

So, with all of that said...get excited for some scrumptious pie recipes, inevitably some kitchen mishaps, and some mouthwatering photos. The goal is to make one every other weekend, ((for my thighs' sake, not every week)) throughout the summer. So won't you come along during this journey of learning the ins & outs of this old fashioned southern delicacy? It almost feels like a rite of passage, y'all. I'm excited! And maybe if you're lucky, you'll get some better quality photos vs. ones taken on my iphone. Doubt it ;)

Look out, Paula Deen. I've got butter in my 'fridge and I ((kind of)) know how to use it.


**a trick i learned: all of our brown sugar was rock i cut a chunk off using a knife, put it in a bowl, microwaved it for 10 second increments until it was soft again**


  1. Oh it looks gorgeous! I'm pretty excited to see how pie summer goes...

  2. oh, i love pie!! & your first one looks so yummy!!! :) can't wait to see your pie recipes to come!

  3. I want a piece of that pie. Really, I want to lick my screen right now. I'll control myself though since that would be a little strange, right?

  4. YUM! I've made basic pies (strawberry and chocolate), but have never been brave enough to try an apple pie. This looks DELISH! And I totally understand about using iPhone hub-o is a photographer and I STILL have mostly iPhone blog photos :)

  5. I made my first homemade pie the other day.. strawberry-rhubarb. no blue bell here in cali though :(

  6. some beautiful to the eye and to my taste buds!!! can i come over and eat this with you?!!

  7. now if I only had someone to make it for me. I'm just too tired ;) that looks amazing!

  8. that looks perfect kim!! the only pie i've ever made is key lime. joel's not a big fan of pie, so i stick with fruit crumbles. made strawberry-rhubarb last week & it is scrumptious.. you should try a strawberry-rhubarb pie!

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  11. yummy yummy! the ladies on my mom's side of the family make AMAZING pies! they won't pass down the recipes until i get married though!

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  12. it looks amazing and thanks for sharing the recipe! I'm going to have to try this one too! Pie crusts scare me... =P

  13. Another secret for hard brown sugar...put a piece of bread it and let it sit!


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