Sorry I've been gone for so long! I was away for a few weeks house sitting, and have had limited access to my computer. I am back though now, so be sure you'll be seeing more posts from me soon!
I really felt like baking this weekend. I wanted to bake something with pumpkin, but alas, I can't find any pumpkin anywhere! So, I settled for the next best Fall inspired ingredient- the apple! I made, my very first, homemade apple pie. I even made the lattice crust design myself!
It was quite easy to make this:
6-8 apples (I used 3 different kinds- Gala, Fugi, and Golden Delicious) peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons of flour
2 tablespoons of butter (Chilled and cut up into small pieces)
Pie crust (I used Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts)
First thing pre-heat your oven to 375
After all the apples are sliced, throw in a bowl and cover and toss with the lemon juice. After that add the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and toss together. Let that sit for about 20 minutes. Then add the flour, mix together until you can't see any flour.
While the apple mixture is sitting, get your pie plate out and roll out one of the crusts into the bottom of the pie plate. Pour apples into the crust and dot all over with the chilled butter. Now, you can take the other pie crust, place it over, crimp and make some slits in the top. It definitely needs slits to let the steam out. I decided to make the lattice top, and this is where I found how to do this: http://www.howdini.com/howdini-video-8435990.html
It was my first time making this lattice, so I think I did pretty good! Before I put it in the oven, I just cracked an egg into a bowl, whisked it, and took a brush and just brushed the whole top of the pie crust with the egg wash. I then dusted the top with white sugar.
Bake in the oven for 1 hour (Cover the pie crust edges so they won't burn) Cover with foil, or with this handy item: http://www.pamperedchef.com/our_products/catalog/product.jsp?productId=7928&categoryCode=BK
Then remove the foil or pie shield 15 minutes before the pie is done. Take out, let sit and cool completely. Eat with vanilla ice cream or alone. Delicious!!
Lemon Rosemary Olive Oil Cake
I found this recipe here: http://patentandthepantry.wordpress.com/2009/06/21/lemon-rosemary-olive-oil-cake/#comments and followed it completely, I added just a dash of allspice. This came out really yummy though: