[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his is my most favourite pie, ever. I tried it out a few years ago when I got a copy of The Pioneer Woman’s cookbook and have been making it ever since. You can see the full recipe on her website, and my love handles will verify it is most definitely scrumdillyumptious. This time round, I thought I would cheat a little bit by using a ready made pie crust! Coming from someone who hired a tailor to sew their Year Nine cushion making project, I clearly have no objections against taking shortcuts. This ready made pie crust is made from graham crackers-the original is a regular pastry crust.
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon onto the sliced apples. This stops them from going brown and adds a nice sour tang when you bite into the apples later.
Pour half a cup of caster sugar, 4 tablespoons of flour and a pinch of salt to the apples and give it a stir until all the apple slices are coated. Take your pie crust and arrange the slices evenly at the bottom. I do this just to make sure the apples on the top have something even to sit on, and then pop it into the oven for 20 minutes.
Get distracted by Leo, who isn’t actually missing a leg. He’s just awkward. Snap out of Crazy Cat Lady mode and get the butter out- while the pie is in the oven, it’s time to make the topping!
Chop the butter into pieces and crumble it into half a cup of flour. Add a cup of brown sugar, half a cup of muesli and stir it all up. After 20 minutes, take the pie out of the oven and sprinkle this mixture all over the top. Put the pie back in the oven for another 25 minutes. Chop a big handful of pecan nuts and add that to the pie during the last 5 minutes.
My favorite part about baking a pie? the pops of bubbles when you take it out of the oven!
…actually, my favorite part about baking a pie is eating it. With a big mug of builder’s tea. This is what Sundays are all about!