Tuesday, September 7, 2010
When I think of Labor Day I think Fall. I guess with Labor Day being the unofficial end of summer, kids returning back to school and no more summer vacations for the work weary, it is time for cool crisp days to come accompanied by colorful falling leaves. Growing up on the east coast our traditions of fall were taking the kids pumpkin and apple picking on a warm October day and bringing home loads of hand picked apples and pumpkins from the orchard. Placing pumpkins and flower mums on my front porch were a Fall tradition I still love! Fall is my favorite time of the year in anticipation of home baked pies and slow cooked meals in my crock pot, making my home warm and cozy.
This past weekend I got a jump start on that feeling of Fall by baking my apple lattice pies. I love using granny smith and golden delicious apples because it is a combination of tart and sweet. I mix brown sugar, cinnamon, touch of nutmeg and simmer apples slowly until softened (the house smells good when apples are simmering on the stove). Very simple recipe with a homemade pie crust consisting of cold shortening, flour, cold water, a pinch of salt.
Filling the dough is a delicate balancing act because over filling them will result in leakage, so I try to just add 2 teaspoons of fruit. I love putting a lattice top for a little fun! I brush an egg wash of egg and water and sprinkle with coarse sugar for a little crunch and sweetness. Confectioners sugar is also delicious sprinkled over the pies.
These pies are fun to make and can be eaten with your hands. I am glad I took pictures because no sooner than an hour later my son and husband devoured all of them leaving me with one (I guess I am lucky they saved me one, right?)
Just a blogging note to Monet, at Anecdotes and Apple Cores http://www.anecdotesandapples.weebly.com/ she made the cutest pie bites!
Check out her blog and recipe!
Fall makes me think of snuggling in for the winter with good food, friends and family!