How cute are these? I had some apples sitting around the counter and I thought that they should become pie. But they were Gala and don't make much of a juicy baked apple, so I decided to create my own sauce. I chopped the peeled apples, put them in a pan with brown sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest and water and a teaspoon of corn starch to thicken. I cooked them until soft, about 15 minutes, while I made the pie crust.
I used this recipe for the pastry (in the food processor) because I was thinking that I would make a bottom and top crust. But I divided the dough into six equal parts, rolled them out and felt that they would be just right for one layer. I usually make a crumb topping for my pies, liking that extra crunch, so that's what I did here.
Crumb topping: Cold butter, white or brown sugar, cinnamon, chopped walnuts, oatmeal. Put it all in the food processor and whirl until it looks like granola.
I may have begun with a half stick of butter, but ended up using the whole stick, about a half cup of flour, half cup of oatmeal, maybe a cup of walnuts...I never have figured out exact measurements, and in this case I have lots leftover, so I will use the topping on something else soon.
I baked them at 350 for as long as it took to brown the topping and crust. Perfecto. We shared one pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and they were fabulous. The crust was so flaky that it melted in the mouth. O my!
Our Christmas was very, very quiet. Dave washed and detailed the old truck (in the rain) to get it ready to sell. I baked and washed dishes and washed a couple of loads of laundry ( a new treat!) and got the dinner ready to eat by 11am. I figured that gave us time for a nice afternoon nap if needed.
Right after we ate I sent Dave off with a hot dish full of our dinner to Mike our hired man, who was asleep when Dave arrived.
Then I sat down to enjoy my Christmas gift to myself, something money can't buy. I read a book in the daytime! Of course there were a few moments of snoozing here and there, but I finished one (Killing Orders by Sara Paretsky) and started a new one, Royal Heist by Lynda LaPlante. I never allow myself the luxury of daytime reading and now I wonder why? It is so much nicer to be awake when reading, instead of reading in bed and having no idea what went on when I pick up the book the next time. Duh.
PS. See this pin http://pinterest.com/pin/241435229995431648/