There’s Nothing Better Than Apple Pie on a Cold Winter Day : Happy National Pie Day!

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    Happy National Pie Day!

    Yes, it’s true, there’s even a day devoted just to PIE.  Not that I mind, as it’s one of my absolute favorite desserts to enjoy year-round.  Some feel there are four definitive seasons of pie enjoyed in the kitchen ~ Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall ~ and I don’t disagree. Taking advantage of seasonal produce always yields fabulous tasting fruit pies like strawberry-rhubarb, cherry and brambleberry.  But when it comes to Winter, the leanest of the seasons, all I have to do is find the humblest of fruits, the apple, and I know I’m golden.  But a delicious pie doesn’t work without the perfect crust. There’s no need to be intimidated, just keep the pie crust simple and straightforward mixing up a basic blend of flour, salt, ice water and butter. If done just right, the sweet, tangy apples will be wrapped in a flaky, buttery blanket that will take the edge off the chilliest of Winter days.  Particularly when it’s paired with a steaming cup of hot tea.

    {Photo courtesy of Con Poulos}

     

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    January 23rd, 2012

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