>> Thursday, November 25, 2010 – Apple, Cinnamon Bun, crust, delicious, dough, easy, fast, frozen pie crust, pie, simple, sugar, thanksgiving, yummy
Growing up in a first generation immigrant family has had a profound impact on how I act and how I see the world. This applies in the ‘big picture’ sense such as whether I agree with new immigration policies or not, how I feel about traditional Canadian holidays, and many other things. However, on the more personal level, coming from an immigrant family has had a dramatic affect on one major element of my life. Food.
Growing up I would eat both the hot dogs and french fries, and the Zereshk Polo O Morgh. My parents tried to stay true their Persian Roots and more often than not we had Persian food every day. As the years passed, my parents naturally became more influenced by the new country they were now living in. One day we would have Persian cusine, another we would have a stir fry, another we would try this new thing called ‘shepherds pie’ or ‘burritos’. My parents are all about staying true to their roots but also embracing new things that their new home country had to offer – and what better than food?
Of course my mother would always make these new ‘western’ recipes her own. My mom doesn’t like using recipes. She’s made enough food to know how things ‘should taste’ and likes to ‘assume’ what a recipe will be like. Shepherds pie? Looks like ground beef and veggies with mashed potato on top. So she would adapt her own recipes and incorporate some of her favorite Persian spices. Sometimes her refusal to follow recipes would turn disastrous, but other times it would turn out better than the ‘real’ thing!
Another example is of the famous classical apple pie. When I was much younger my mother and I went shopping at our local grocery store. It was near thanksgiving time and they were giving free samples of apple pie at the store. We both tried some and weren’t necessarily blown away. That’s when my Mom decided that she could do it better. She adapted this recipe herself and honestly, I think it tastes so so soooooo much better than anything you could buy at a store. I don’t like the overly spiced apple pies, if you do then this isn’t for you. But if you aren’t necessarily a huge fan of an overdose of nutmeg and cloves, then make this pie. You. Will. Love. It.
The Fastest and Yummiest Apple Pie You Will Ever Make
Heres all you need:
*Apple Pie Crust (made fresh or frozen pre-bought ones)
*Apples (as many as you would like…I used about 6)
*Sugar (as much as you like)
*Cinnamon (as much as you like)
1. Take your pie crust and place it into your pan
2. Don’t pierce it and put it in the oven before hand. Just start filling your unbaked dough with the apples.
3. Wash your apples and peel and dice them.
4. Place a fairly even layer of apples at the bottom and sprinkle it with sugar and cinnamon. (use as much as you like to taste…we love cinnamon so I usually add a lot…but if not just sprinkle a tsp or so. As for sugar, remember to use sugar according to your apple type. If you have a more sour apple you will need to use more sugar)
5. Then add another layer of apples and keep sprinkling sugar and cinnamon. Keep continuing to put as many layers as you like
6. Then pop on the rest of the apple pie crust
7. Put in the oven at 350F until the apples are soft and baked and the crust is nice and golden.