Two weeks ago, I made this pie, courtesy of a Martha Stewart recipe:
I had never made cut-outs for the top crust before but the leaves really add a nice autumn feel to the dessert. When I made this same recipe last year, I remember it being a little difficult but this time, it was a breeze to make.
Fast forward to last weekend. My new Bon Appetit magazine was sitting on the coffee table and when I flipped through, a recipe for an apple streusel pie caught my eye (to my dismay, only half of the featured Thanksgiving desserts had accompanying photos. Why feature a pie and then not show a picture of it, Bon Appetit?!) Anyway, the recipe looked easy enough. It did have many steps and lots of ingredients but my love of streusel swayed me and I decided to try it.
When it was finally done, the pie was delicious, but it took over three hours to make. It was not as easy as I thought it would be! Each step took forever and since I don't have a food processor, I mixed everything by hand. The apples were so tender and flavorful (this recipe called for melted butter to be mixed in with the apples before baking). Next time, I might try a cheddar cheese crust, but I think I'll stick with the extra butter in the apple mixture. These are only the second and third homemade pies that I've ever made but I'm happy that I kept with it. There's no telling what dessert I'll try next!