Saturday, August 27, 2016

Rainy Morning Apple Pie

Because of having a wedding free weekend, I went to bed last night fully intending to go to the Rockford Farmer's Market with my girls this morning.  At 8am while sipping coffee and watching the sprinkles drop from the sky, memories of being a seasonal fresh flower vendor at the market came flooding back.  Spending a full Friday cutting flowers and preparing for the market. Packing as much in the vehicle before going to bed.

Waking and arriving at the market at 7am so as to be set up for the 8am rush. I loved it. My husband and kids loved it. We enjoyed the community and fun of it for 5 great years. Anyhow, back to the pie.... today I was glad that I wasn't setting up for the market in the rain!~

As the rain continued, a craving for apple tart overtook any desire for a healthy breakfast.  Coupled with the fact that our teenagers are beginning to think of where they will move onto for their next phase of life, having them wake up to the smell of fresh baked anything is.... a mothers sweet ploy of incorporating fond memories of home!~

Pulling out my favorite pie crust recipe from the Taste of Home Cookbook, the dough rested in the fridge while I cut up apples.

5 red delicious apples thinly sliced, because that is what we had in the house.

If you make a pie/tart with organic flour and sugar, it must certainly be better for you than if you didn't use organic, right?

So, true confessions. I create my own recipes often (unless I'm making the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies or biscotti that my family and friends seem to love).  Today was no exception aside from the crust.  Looking online I found a French Apple Tart recipe from the Barefoot Contessa, and used her recommendation on 1/2 cup sugar and 4 tbsp butter. I placed my creation in the oven at 375 for 45 min. and washed the dishes.

Yes, hand wash. The colors were so much more vivid than the dark sky outside, I had to take a picture :).

45 minutes later, my teens were waking up and there was a fresh baked apple pie dish of deliciousness on the counter to welcome them....

Just add coffee!~