The Great Pie Endeavor 2010

So every year when it's apple picking time I go on an apple pie binge. I make like 5-6 in a day and distribute them. It's the only time I make apple pie cuz I'm kinda snobby about using fresh picked apples.

Here's three of them


I've got one more cooling and another in the oven!

I love pie!

Last edited by KookyCurl; 10-04-2010 at 09:44 PM. Reason: Photo link wasn't working
They look delish!!
I'm a nut about baking pumpkin pie. I don't know why. It's the only pie I ever make.
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I want to try a pumpkin one! Usually apple is the only one I make, and only when I pick apples (or go to the orchard to pick them up) so basically September and October.

I want to get into doing more pies. As my Nana ages I'm trying to master her recipes. She's the pie maker of the family and usually rolls out 5 different kinds for holidays. They're starting to hurt her hands to work with the dough though. We snagged her a marble rolling pin for $5 last year that's really helping. She thought I was nuts when I told her to get it but it turns out she loves it now even if my Bampa has to get it out of the drawer for her cuz it's so heavy.
Pies are my favorite thing to bake besides bread. They just make me happy.
I think you should seek out quince and have them as an addition to your apple pie. Or, apple, pear, quince, combining the three "apples" (quinces are also known as Eve's apples and some say that the famed apple in the Garden of Eden was actually a quince).
I am waiting for mine to ripen to make a galette, which I lump with pies, so it's just as happy-making.

If I may suggest, because I am not sure from your photos if you did, a brushing of the dough with egg white/yolk or heavy cream?

Last edited by Saria; 10-04-2010 at 11:37 PM.
Pies are my favorite thing to bake besides bread. They just make me happy.
I think you should seek out quince and have them as an addition to your apple pie. Or, apple, pear, quince, combining the three "apples" (quinces are also known as Eve's apples and some say that the famed apple in the Garden of Eden was actually a quince).
I am waiting for mine to ripen to make a galette, which I lump with pies, so it's just as happy-making.

If I may suggest, because I am not sure from your photos if you did, a brushing of the dough with egg white/yolk or heavy cream?
Originally Posted by Saria
I'll have to keep my eyes open for quince. That's not one we get up here that often.

I don't brush the crust with anything. It's just personal texture preference. I feel that the crust can be a bit chewy where it was coated and I love it all crisp and flaky. Sometimes it depends on the crust though. Also, I don't remember anyone ever teaching me to so I don't think it's something that my mom or Nana do. Nana might on her cherry w/ lattice work, but she usually makes that for my uncle and I don't opt for cherry when there are other choices.

I think next to tackle will be a one crust type pie. I've made a strawberry one with more of a shortbread crust that was awesome but I haven't don't anything more traditional (ie really popular with my family) like a pumpkin or chocolate pie. I want to master that crust technique before tackling the big kahuna, Nana's Custard Pie. It's my favorite pie on the planet! So good.

There's just something so soothing about mixing up a crust and rolling it out and have it come out perfect!

Of course I finished up the night with cinnamon pie crust rolls with any left over dough and scraps. One of my favorite perks of pie making!
Quince often turns up in people's backyard and they don't know. Most are not pleasant raw (although some enjoy it), plus they're fairly unknown here, so people might not realize what they have. I get them at the market during their very short season in the fall. They're a resistant fruit which can last a while before going bad and that will ripen once picked, but very slowly. Quince are known for their incredible aroma, so people often leave them to perfume a room. But poached in syrup or baked, they are great eating. Crisp, citrusy flavor, and gorgeous pink color.

And speaking of short seasons, how about a grape pie? You still have a shot at some Concord grapes!

As for brushing, it's just pretty standard to get an even brown and a glossiness. It doesn't make pies chewy. My pie crusts are quite crisp and flaky, if I do say so.
Egg whites in particular produce a crispness.

By the way, recently they've been purchasing pies at my former job, and I really am a pie snob. Some looked like Entenmann's, and one taste made it obvious that butter was lacking. Bah. Then there were the pale, pale crusts. I abhor pale pastry crusts. Those pies were all soggy on the bottom. I wanted to weep for such sad pies.
Hmmm, I'll have to look into the grapes. I don't think we have too many growers of them up here. I've never really seen them at the market. I think most growers up here are into the wine market.

Ugh, most places can't really do crust to save their life. There's one bakery up here though that has amazing crusts. My cousin had them for her wedding pies. So yummy.

These crusts probably could have cooked a little longer, I just didn't want to the apples to be complete mush. I'll have to try one with brushing it sometime. Maybe I've just had some bad ones.

I also want to try some savory type pies though I'm not a quiche fan. I also don't like mincemeat (I know it's usually sweet, but *shudder*). I prefer a biscuit topping on my pot pies, which I just made my first one a couple weeks ago! The recipe I had made for VERY salty biscuits but when eaten with the filling it rounded out just fine. Next time I'll just use my normal biscuit dough.

I gave one pie to my boyfriend last night and he ended up sharing it with his mom and she loved it! I feel like I've passed some sort of unwritten test if his mom likes my cooking.
Try a beef stew in a pie crust. You might like a little curry in the crust for that as well.
I make chicken pot pie with pie crust, or puff pastry.
What you might love is tomato pie, and maybe you can still find some good tomatoes at the market. It's more of a biscuit crust (there is baking powder and buttermilk in it) though you still roll it out , but it's so, so tasty!

Heh, as for quiche, it really isn't supposed to be pie-like. It should actually be baked in a ring mold or cake pan, with no sloping, for better cooking of the custard. It's become synonymous with a savory pie though.

I've always gotten a sense that you're a wonderful cook from your posts, so I don't see why you'd feel you had to pass a test with her.
Hmmm.....I don't like tomatoes, but beef stew in a crust sounds yummy!

I know quiche isn't technically pie, but my mom often just makes it in a pie pan for ease. I just haven't warmed to the texture or the fillings. I'd rather just have an omelet or something.

I know there's no real test, she's just never had any of my food before. Things are getting pretty serious with the SO so in my head I was thinking "phew, my potential MIL likes my cooking!"

I've already got to make another apple pie. My aunt, who I don't see very often, was watching my FB updates while I was making it avidly and commented that she was living through me cuz she doesn't make pie. I plan on seeing her next Tuesday so I'll whip one up for her.

I'm slowly expanding my picky palate (I've always been an adventurous tryer though. I'll try anything once.) and take on the bigger recipes that my parents or Nana usually do that have fallen away due to time constraints or not wanting to do a big dinner for just mom and me. I'm thinking of roasting a chicken soon or doing a full on pot roast. Though that carbonara recipe you posted on another thread has been calling my name as well!

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