Cooking Up Community and Apple Pie{9}

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tom nancy national pie dayPartners in pie: Nancy sets the pace and the menu. I stand in awe, and slice, dice, bake, and serve where needed.

Yesterday when my pal, and community dinner iron chef Nancy called to discuss our plans for that night’s preparations, she began with dessert (just another reason to love her) and said, “Tom, you do know today is National Pie Day, don’t you?”  Oddly I did not. Who even knows such things? Gosh, is there a National Tater Tot Day, or a National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day or National Cheese Fondue Day?  Yes, Yes and Yes; February 2, March 1, and April 11, respectively.

dutch apple pie unbakedI never met a pie I didn’t like (aside from an  unfortunate kidney pie encounter in the UK).

Nancy and I are simpatico in the pie department; we could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is the planet’s most perfect food, after all.  I was delighted that she left the making and the baking of the pie to me. I chose to make a pie based on a recipe from my friend Jeanette–a dutch apple crumble crust confection that is as easy and fail-safe to make as it is delicious.

dutch apple pie fresh bakedIt all starts with a savory (slightly sweet) oil dough, and ends with a delicious mountain of apple crumble.

Jeanette’s Easy Apple Pie Recipe

Jeanette’s Best Easy Apple Pie

Serves 8-12
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 50 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 20 minutes
The Dutch style apple pie is so delicious, considering how easy it is to make. The crumbly oil crust is basically foolproof.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 heaped teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 6-7 Medium apples (mix it up, e.g. Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Jonagold)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup butter

Directions

Dough
Step 1
Mix first three dry ingredients: flour, sugar salt
Step 2
Add vegetable oil and milk to dry mixture. Work together until mixture resembles damp coarse sand or tiny pebbles. Reserve one cup of mixture for the top crust.
Step 3
Place remaining dough mixture into pie plate and press to form crust on the sides first, then do the same to form bottom crust. Fill any holes with crumbs and press firmly.
Apple Filling
Step 4
Core, peel apples and slice in to hearty chunks or slices. Mix apples with remaining dry ingredients: flour, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Mound apples in the dough-lined pie plate. No need to press down apples; the crumb topping will fill up the gaps. Dot with butter
Pie Assembly
Step 5
Add the reserved pie crumble (crust) to top the pie. Add one tablespoon at a time covering pie evenly. Bake at 400 degrees F for 50 minutes, apple filling will bubble.

And on a related note, consider volunteering for a community dinner in your neck of the woods. Even if you don’t cook, there are volunteer positions to serve food, do dishes (I love these folks),  prep the kitchen and clean up.

The Vashon Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness does a remarkable job of helping our friends in need in so many ways. Volunteer today, it will warm your heart like a slice of pie fresh from the oven.