Apple Cream Pie

Now this is A Damn Good Pie. I won’t go so far as to call it The Great Pie [1], but it’s A Damn Good Pie.

[1] “The Great Pie” is a reference to the animated children’s show Backyardigans. In one episode, a Pie Samurai and his apprentice attempt to make The Great Pie and serve it to the Queen before it can be stolen by Ninjas. It’s pretty much how I imagine my own life to be.

Exhibit A:

Apple Cream Pie

Pretty, and yet delicious. I think this is the first time I have accomplished both at once.

The crust is the best I’ve ever made. Definitely a solid A. I picked this recipe so I could practice my lattice work, and I really took my time and was very careful, and I’m pretty pleased with the result.

The filling is yummy, too. Take 5 golden delicious apples, peeled and cut up. Toss them with 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Add them to the pie shell and pour 1/2 cup of whipping cream over the top (unwhipped). Then lattice the top, bake at 375 for 45-55 minutes, and voila, Damn Good Pie.


This pie was a big hit at my book club meeting last night, but I only managed to move about half the pie, meaning half of a delicious pie remains for just Sir Monkeypants and me. This may not sound like a problem, but last night when I came home with half of a pie, Sir Monkeypants had to sit me down for A Serious Chat. Because as we are getting older and suffering from various injuries and family scheduling issues and too much interest in our television, we are both beginning to put on a little weight. Not so much that we need to panic, not so you’d even notice, maybe. But enough that we realize that if we don’t do anything different, we are both going to weigh 20 pounds more than we do now in about five years, and that is not cool, dawg, not cool at all.

So we have a new rule around here, and that’s that I will only be making pies for special events. Parties, poker, and probably book club. Otherwise, since I seem to be completely unable to give the pie away (MY PRECIOUS) and I definitely can’t bring myself to throw it away (SOLID GOLD DOES NOT GO IN THE GARBAGE), there will be no more making of random pies for no reason.

That’s okay, since I know I’ll still get lots of practice — I’m sure I’ll still be making at least two or three pies a month. And with this pie in particular, I can see that I have really improved. So more pie is coming, just a little less than before.

And hopefully that means a little less of me around the buttocks area, as well.

11 thoughts on “Apple Cream Pie

  1. So you want to make pie?
    Yes, I want to make pie!
    I can see it in your eye
    That you want to make pie!

    I was starting to wonder if all the pies were having an adverse impact on your waistlines. I know they would for me ’cause I cannot resist a piece (or two or three) of yummy pie when it’s sitting right there on the counter in front of me, begging to be gobbled up. And I definitely would not be able to throw it out. Sacrilege!

  2. The pie was definately a beautiful level of awesomeness. I would have eaten more but a) I was worried that the 40+ fat fairy would wreck even more havoc with my waistline and b) I didn’t want to look too piggy. I won’t let that happen again.

    My kids still yell “Pie-ya!” and collapse into fits of giggles when they are being Sammy-rise. I’m a little sad that they are growing past Backyardigans. It was fun.

  3. first, thing of BEAUTY! you rock.

    second, can’t give away pie?? are you kidding me? i would drive out to the middle of nowhere (that’s where i consider you live. hey, i’m citified) to get pie.

    no, seriously.


    just call.


  4. You need to move to my hood, because you would have no problem giving away pie. Actually that would be a good idea. It would take some of the pressure off me….. I am the cookie lady you see. With Mike and I on WW, but the kids still requesting treats for lunches I give a fair bit of my baking away as well. I’m very popular with the kids on the street.

    And that pie is gorgeous! I have never attempted lattice before. Go you! I have a great apple pie recipe, my fil claims it’s the best he’s ever tasted and he knows his pie also he’s not one to make exaggerated claims… so I guess it’s pretty good. I’ll have to see how he likes this one.

  5. MrsCarlSagan

    The pie was definitely a thing of beauty and absolutely delicious – well done and thanks for sharing! I am so thankful to be in your…book club. 🙂

  6. I will take a pie off your hands. My favorite is stawberry rubarb.

    Now I am signing the great pie, the great pie….

  7. You had me at “pour 1/2 cup of whipping cream over the top”.

    Well you’ll never have to worry about bringing home pie after a night with the poker gals!

    If you still want to keep up with your pie making and fear a lack of reason to do so, have you offered to make pies for events you’re not attending? You could offer your services to neighbours. Just a thought.

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