This past weekend was our annual trip to Apple Hill in the foothills of the Sierra Mtns......... My advice to you is to never NEVER attempt to go there on a weekend and NEVER in the middle of the day....madness, sheer and utter madness........ the people, the lines , the cars.......The loveliness of the place just cannot quite make up for all the madness.... But the smell of the pine when i stepped out of the truck and the taste of fresh cider on my tongue was almost ...almost ...worth it... Needless to say we didn't stay long...... Made a quick trip around the craft stalls , grabbed a few free cups of cider and i made a beeline for the apples. I was on a mission!
I wanted to make my first EVER apple pie. I always make apple crisp but i found this recipe at Estelle's. Which is a lovely blog to visit....wonderful recipes and gorgeous photography... I tried to find the post with the Apple Pie recipe but i couldn't find it. But if you'd like the recipe let me know and i'll give it to you.
The apples i chose were Gravenstein. Yea i never heard of them either but they were pretty....great criteria for picking apples no? :) And the sign said they were tart which the recipe said i needed... After a Google search at home i found that they are originally from Norway and have been grown there for a couple hundred years.....
My first attempt at a two crust pie! Pretty!
Not so pretty after the baking.... but pie doesn't have to be pretty does it?? Especially if its going to be consumed at home. :) Hubs thinks i put too many apples in the pie...All i know was that i was ever so happy i had the foresight to put a tray under the pie while it baked! Whew...usually its my hindsight that it 20/20... :)