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