Wayne recently started a new job so our New England autumnal honeymoon is relegated to the weekends. I wanted to surprise him with something special after work. I knew he was dreading dinner somewhat because I was going to make the farmer’s market kale as a side dish. He hates kale but promised he’d give it a try, and only if I “cooked the **** out of it” and added loads of butter. What I didn’t tell him was that I was setting a special autumn themed table in the sunroom and serving rib eye steak and deep dish apple pie along with said sad kale.
I used my 1960s Vera tablecloth and one of the centerpieces from our wedding reception.
As for the napkins, we received a wedding gift from the past via my closet! Many years ago I bought this cute set at an estate sale:
For my deep dish apple pie recipe I used organic Cortland apples that we picked on Saturday at Apple Acres in Hiram.
20 oz Cortland apples
1/2 cup raw sugar
2 level tbsp oat flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Raw scrambled egg for the wash if making a double crust pie
Unbaked 9″ deep dish pie crust, store bought or homemade. I made mine from my secret recipe for whole grain gluten-free oat crust that contains absolutely no Xanthan gum or other lab created gluten substitutes.
Wash, dry and slice the apples thin being sure to leave the skins intact. The skins contain valuable nutrients and add beautiful color.
Place the sliced apples into a mixing bowl.
Add the sugar, flour and spices.
Gently mix the apples with the dry ingredients. I use two wooden spoons. At first it will look grainy.
Let them sit for about fifteen minutes, then gently mix them again. The sugar and flour should no longer be solid and be well blended. This is because sliced apples release water.
Pierce the bottom of the pie crust and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Add the apples.
I added a second crust on top and used a small heart shaped cookie cutter to make the vents. Brush with the scrambled egg on the top and bake for 45 minutes.
We listened to the indie oldies a.m. radio station on my vintage transistor. Wayne loved everything except for the kale. Before he even swallowed his one and only bite he began to vigorously shake his head side to side. Admittedly I’m not a big kale fan, either, despite it being so incredibly trendy!