I am a creature of comfort and stability.  When I don’t have those things is when I feel most stressed or anxious.  Dating is neither of those things I crave and usually causes me to be extremely anxious.

The other day I had a “date” (I’m using quotations because looking back, it wasn’t but that’s a story for another time.)  Three hours before the “date,”  I had an urge to make an apple pie.  I had fresh apples in my refrigerator from a local orchard and for some reason a pie is what I decided to make.

Now, I rarely make pies in my house let alone a whole pie.  I really had no idea why I made this pie other than I wanted my house to smell amazing.

So I made this pie and then went on the “date” which turned out to be one of the most awkward and uncomfortable dates of my life.  What’s worse: I was actually excited because the guy and I seemed to have a bunch in common but in the end (end being 9:00), it was bad.  So I came home, poured myself a glass (maybe a bottle) of wine, and felt discouraged.

That is until I realized I baked myself a pie not six hours earlier.  This apple pie was truly the meaning of comfort food and one slice instantly made me feel better.

While I am sure there will be many more crappy dates, I am also sure there will be delicious baked goods to comfort me.  Turns out I must of known this would go poorly and decided to offset it with pie!

Apple Pie
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Serves: 8-10
 
Ingredients
  • Crust
  • ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons natural cane sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ stick butter
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons- ¼ cup cold water
  • Filling:
  • 5-6 Large apple
  • ½ cup natural sugar
  • ½ cup sucanat
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Topping:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup butter, softened.
Instructions
  1. Peel and slice apples into even pieces. I highly recommend buying this peeler (but if you don't, just attempt to get all apples at the same size.) In a bowl combine the apple pieces with the remaining ingredients. Let sit for one hour (or overnight is better!)
  2. To make crust, combine the dry ingredients into a bowl and cut in butter/cream cheese with your fingers (or a pastry blender.) Once butter and cream cheese are broken down to the size of peas, add water to the mix and stir/knead until the dough comes together. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill. Roll out dough into a circle and crimp into a 9" pie pan or 11" tart pan (my choice!)
  3. Preheat oven to 375˚.
  4. To make topping, combine sugar and flour together. Cut butter into flour/sugar until the topping looks like crumbs and butter is blended in.
  5. To assemble pie, pour filling into pie shell and sprinkle topping evenly over the filling. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the top has browned and the apple filling in bubbling out the sides.

 

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