Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My First Apple Pie and a Cockatiel

Nick does not enjoy sweets. He doesn't even like chocolate. In spite of this flaw, I still love him. He sometimes enjoys strawberry cake or strawberry ice cream. The only other dessert he likes is apple pie.

I like to make desserts,especially chocolate ones. And I'll admit that I can eat a whole pan of dessert all by myself.

Anyways, during all my dessert making, Nick asked me several times to make an apple pie. I avoided it for a while because I thought it would be difficult. However, I found a Paula Deen recipe that was easy and delicious.

For recipe click HERE. I did not make my own crust. I bought a frozen packet of 2 crust.

I used four Golden Delicious apples, but three would have been enough. I peeled them with a vegetable peeler and sliced the apple around the core. Then I tried to slice the apple into even pieces.

Next, I poured the lemon juice over the apples and added the apple sauce. Then I combined the apples with the flour and sugar mixture. (click on link above to get exact measurements)

While chopping and mixing apples, I pre-baked one crust for about 8 minutes. Just follow the directions on crust packaging.
I piled the apple mixture in the crust. Like I already said, I used four apples and the pie was overflowing, but it all worked out in the end. Don't forget to dot with butter. I forgot and had to do it after the lattice was on the pie.
This pie called for a lattice top. Since Paula made her dough, she had plenty left over to create the lattice. To make my lattice, I let the other pie crust thaw. Then I cut it into strips.
It wasn't perfect. But it looked fine once cooked, and it tasted great!
Follow directions for crunch topping and sprinkle on top of pie.
Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake for 45 minutes. I put mine on a baking sheet because I knew there would be any overflow of goodness.
Let sit for about 15 minutes, if you can stand it, before cutting.
After I made it, I was worried Nick wouldn't even eat any. But don't worry, this pie was gone within 48 hours of taking it out of the oven. And no, I did not eat it all this time.

Now on to my cockatiel.

I've mentioned Millie's mohawk, but she has also been referred to as looking like a cockatiel. I think Captain Steve was the first one to mention this. Well this morning, I got some good shots of the cockatiel in bed with me this morning.

And no, I did not style this. It is her natural bed-hair.
What animal does your child look like?


  1. She is the cutest cockatiel I've ever seen!! I just love her intense and worried expressions. And your pie, by the way, looks amazing!

  2. love love love!!! i personally hope millie's mohawk stays around for a while. i dig it :)