Also known as 'The Best Pie I Have Ever Made'.
I like to think of myself as a fairly accomplished baker. Breads, cakes...it doesn't really matter what it is, I know I can make it.
Except for pies.
I didn't really grow up with pies. The requisite pumpkin offering at Thanksgiving, perhaps. But it just wasn't something that was a part of my life.
So I suppose I shied away from them, initially, simply because pies weren't a top priority.
But Matt likes pies. Turns out Alex does, as well.
So I started making pies.
And I discovered that there was a baked good that I couldn't crack.
You know, except when the crust did.
Pies became that 'thing'. The recipe I dreaded. Or (almost!) feared.
But I kept trying. Different versions, different methods. Some were better, others added nothing.
Pies. My baking nemesis.
February 29 is the birthday of Kal-el, also known as Superman. While only celebrating your birthday every four years would basically stink for the average human, it works out well for the Kryptonian hero: he's going to live a really, really long time!
And when I think of Superman, the phrase "Mom, the Flag & Apple Pie" comes to mind.
So, to celebrate the day, I wanted to bake an apple pie. Except, well...you read the first part of this post, right?
So I went looking for help.
I turned to Gesine Bullock Prado
, who just happens
to be working on a new book called Pie it Forward
. Coincidence? I think not.
She pointed me to a video
in which she makes a Wild Blueberry Pie & I watched it. Three times.
And I honestly felt I could do this.
Holy cow; this is the best pie I've ever made. The crust...it actually rolled
. The way it's supposed to!
It was easy, it worked perfectly.
The filling was more or less made up on the spot; Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, nutmeg & ginger, a pinch of salt & some lemon juice.
Oh...& yeah. The pie crust? Had to sport that familiar 'S' shield for the birthday boy.
So have a slice of pie today & wish Supes a good day.
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