On the 27th of last month it was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's birthday. In honour of that famous gentleman, who happens to be a literary hero of mine, Blackbird Pie presents for your culinary delight Longfellow's Wayside Inn Apple Pie. I do this with the help of my enthusiastic moodle, Coco Chanel, who it seems, unlike with most food, can be trusted with granny smith apples, and who was happy to provide the cuteness factor to this post about simple apple pie - or is it?
|"One Autumn night, in Sudbury town,|
Across the meadows bare and brown,
The windows of the wayside inn
Gleamed red with fire-light
through the leaves
Of woodbine, hanging from the eaves
Their crimson curtains rent and thin."
The menu at the Inn is a
fascination in itself, with a whole
section called Traditional
Wayside Inn Favorites!
This recipe comes from Longfellow's Wayside Inn Cookbook, a cherished keepsake from my visit to the Inn. For this scrumptious, fragrant apple pie you need the following:
|I used granny smiths ~ perfect apple pie |
apples after all ~ check out these beauties!
Back in the day they may have used
6 medium size apples, cored, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt
2 TB cornstarch
2 TB flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp lemon juice
2 TB melted butter
9" unbaked pie crust (23cm)
|9" Unbaked pie crust|
Place all ingredients in bowl and mix together.
Pour fruit mixture into unbaked 9" (23cm) Pie Crust.
Egg wash rim and place top crust over filling.
Crimp edges and cut steam vents in top crust.
Egg wash crust and bake at 350 degrees (180 C) until golden brown.
|Ingredients lined up and first apple|
|Apples peeled and cored.|
|Apples sliced and lemon|
|Now for the brown sugar...|
|...flour, cornstarch, cinnamon and pinch of salt.|
|Freshly grated nutmeg is a bit of spice coup de gras|
as well as being great fun and very satisfying. If you
don't grate your own nutmeg you've got to try it!
|Pour in the melted butter...|
|...and give it a satisfying mix ~ the aroma of |
apples and spices is heavenly, and you
just know that this pie is going to be good.
|Fill the unbaked pie crust with your|
|...look at the height of those babies!|
I'm getting very excited at the prospect
of eating at this point.
|Top crust on, crimp the edges and egg |
wash the lot ~ love painting with egg.
And below ~
oven ready and just look at that shine!
|Apples piled high and spicy. Smells good|
tastes even better.
How did those blackbirds get in there!
I cannot recommend this apple pie enough.
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And Happy 206th Birthday, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow!