a little procrastination
In 2012 I have decide to make twelve pies, pies I've never made before, maybe pies made up by me!
So with the last day of January looming over me yesterday I scrambled together a pie. It turned out so delicious that it just might be the best pie I've ever made...which makes me excited for the next 11!
Last Minute Apple Pear Pie
5 pink lady apples
2 asian pears
3/4 cup sugar
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt
1 t orange peel zest
juice from 1 lemon
2 T unsalted butter chilled, cut into tiny pieces
1 egg yolk
classic pie crust, I always make Martha's
crumble top, again I used Martha's expertise...I loved the idea of folding up about 2 inches of crust then having crumble in the middle
I prepared the apples and pears as I would for a regular apple pie but cut the pear slices thinner and smaller because I read they may take longer to bake through than apple slices. Stir in lemon juice as needed while cutting to keep the fruit from browning.
Mix together all of the dry ingredients then toss with apples and pears.
Lastly, stir in orange zest. Pile the mixture into the single pie shell, dotting with butter pieces. Mix the egg yolk with 2 T of water and brush onto the pie crust folded up on the edges.
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Then sprinkle crumb topping in center and bake for another 30 minutes. You may want to cut a circle out of the middle of a folded piece of foil to lay over the outer crust while it bakes for the additional 30 minutes so you don't overbake your beautiful crust.
Be patient and let it cool for at least six hours before cutting into it!! Enjoy.
Leading up to the pie making day I spent a night in Las Vegas, finally got my slippers that were an exchange from Christmas and backordered (but worth the wait!) and cuddled Hermie a little extra since I was gone for those 38 some hours in Vegas.
1.28 to 2.1