Sunday, October 30, 2011
I am so excited by Caroline's current favorite book. I loved the Amelia Bedelia series when I was growing up, and I recently bought Caroline Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie. She loves the book, and we pretty much have it memorized because we've read it so many times. So a few weeks ago when she asked if we could make "Caroline's first apple pie," I was all about it. I started looking up some recipes, when I remembered that we had this one coming up for Project Pastry Queen.
This was a fun activity for us to do together. She loves helping me in the kitchen, and she was especially excited to make this pie. And of course we had a great time baking it together, but the best part was obviously eating it together. O.M.G. this was awesome. The apples are first sauteed in lots of brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon, and then the juices are mixed with Southern Comfort and heavy cream to make a caramel sauce. The apples are then mixed with the caramel, poured into a pie shell, covered with a streusel topping of butter, brown sugar, and pecans, and baked. Obviously your house will smell amazing while this bakes. And the resulting pie is nothing short of amazing as well. The apples are sweet and spicy, and the caramel sauce has such a wonderful sweetness and warmth thanks to the Southern Comfort. And the streusel topping is great as well - buttery, sweet, and crunchy.
I ate this several ways: straight out of the pie plate, with some whipped cream, and with vanilla ice cream. All were equally great, so it is up to you how you serve it up. I think cinnamon ice cream would be an especially great accompaniment as well. Or if you wanted to get really decadent, top it with ice cream and some caramel.
Sarah of 20-Something Cupcakes chose this week's recipe, and she has the full version on her blog. The only changes I made were to add some nutmeg to the filling and topping, and I made my pie crust in my food processor instead of by hand. Check out the Project Pastry Queen webpage to see how everyone else fared with this pie. I think it's a safe assumption that it was a hit all-around!