Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Miss Sheri's Kitchen

There are 3 beautiful little girls, 2 of them twins, who live on either side of me and refer to me as "Miss Sheri"...and every time they show up at my door there are 2 things that I know for sure will happen.  

One is that I will get hugged...and hugged and hugged.  Which is awesome because there plenty days around this little house that I'm called "mean Mommy" or "slave driver".  So to be hugged - i'm more than good with it.

The other is that they will ask me what i have for them.  Like candy.  Or cookies.  Or cake. Or pie.

And they usually always find something here.  As do my hips.

So this week...it's pie. Because I had the stuff on hand, and because the one that is currently referring to me as "mean Mommy" requested it.  And I'm weak and would like a new title.

And because I'm still teaching my girlfriend Ashleigh what her stove is for...this is another one for you Ash.

    source - my kitchen stove.

So, to be honest here - this is premade pie crusts.  I know - I'm a slacker.  True.  Just go buy some Publix or Pillsbury dough and call it done.

The rest is all me (or you) - and also, in my opinion, the most fun part of the process.  I think a glass of wine and having Bethenny Ever After on the TV helped.

So Ashleigh - here is what you need.

  •     A pie plate,pan, dish - whatever word you use - it's all same in my world.
  •     Some baking non-stick spray - not the regular PAM, after all it's a pie not a casserole.  
  •     A bag of Granny Smith apples.  Ashleigh - these are the GREEN ones.
  •     Between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
  •     Between 1/2 and 1 cup of regular sugar.
  •     1/4 cup of all-purpose flour.
  •     Either 2 tbsp of apple pie seasoning OR
  •     smidges of cinnamon, nutmeg, a little clove (very little) and a little allspice (litte = less than a smidge) and i'm not accurate on each of these here because you might want more cinammon where i like more nutmeg.  Just make sure that all your smidges and "little"s total abot 2 tbsp.
  •     1 egg yolk
  •     2 tbsp of butter
  •      dash of milk.

     Now - to create:

  1.     Roll one of the sleeves of pie dough across the pie pan.  
  2.     Preheat oven to 425
  3.     Peel and slice your bag of apples into a deep mixing bowl.  Make sure that your slices are not thick.   It will take too long for them to cook through.  Thinner slices work better.  ( I was about 4 apples short of a full bag here which is  why my pie is somewhat short, or flat.  Normally, I like to use an entire bag and make a heaping pie but I didn't want to stop watching Bethenny  drive to the store to get more. )
  4.     In another mixing bowl - mix all of those dry ingredients together really well.
  5.     Pour these dry ingredients over your apples and toss them until all the slices are really covered well with all that sugary goodness.
  6.    Tumble apples into pie pan and watch about 3 of them skate across your newly mopped floor.  Or maybe that just happens to me.
  7. Dot the top of the apples with your butter.  (Ashleigh, this means to cut up those 2 tbsp of butter into pieces and place all over your pie filling.)
  8.   Roll remaining pie crust over top of pie and pinch closed all the way around rim of pie pan.
  9. Fork your crust about 4 times randomly.
  10. Whisk your egg yolk and milk together and brush over crust.
  11. Lay a piece of foil over pie and slide into oven.
  12. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes and then turn oven down to 350 and bake for 45 minutes more.
  13. For the last 10 or 15 minutes - remove foil so that your pie crust turns golden.


  1. Wow, I am totally impressed. I wish I livd next door. And yes, I am so coming to visit when we live on the same continent again. Get your pie crust ready.

  2. I love it Sheri, your pie looks fabulous! You will be pleased to know that I did make an Apple Pie for Christmas last year...and I welded together premade pie crusts as it was a larger pie. I pulled the recipe off the internet somewhere and I can't remember the name now, but it actually turned out pretty good (people ate it). The inside had this warm gooey mixture made with Cinnamon and other items (it was also supposed to be gooey). Thank you for the detailed instructions, I will for sure make your pie and report back! :)

  3. Sheri,
    I haven't had lunch and that pie looks mighty tempting! I'll bring the coffee and be right over! Apple pie is my favorite! Haven't made one in years, I just drop by and visit Marie (Callender)and pick up one from her at the grocery store! (She is a fabulous resturant chain in CA where I'm from, but you can get them in grocery stores here) May have to give home made a try!

  4. If I come over and give you lots of hugs, can I make a pie with you? I'll even chase the runaway apple pieces skittering across your kitchen floor. :-)

  5. Rose brought your blog to my attention! I am grateful!