Happy Valentine's Day

Roses are red, violet's are blue, I have baked a special valentine just for you! Valentine's Day is February 14th.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Moon's, Kristen Stewart...a baker? Who knew?

In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, New Moon's leading lady, Kristen Stewart, announces that she can make one mean apple pie. Best known for playing the character of Bella in the Twilight series, Kristen seems to have a little bit in common with her character's domestic side. With the holidays approaching, it would be interesting to know if Kristen has a secret technique or any baking tips for turning out a great apple pie. For now, here is "Grandma's" recipe for a good old fashioned apple pie:

Pie Dough Directions:

2 Cups Sifted Flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Crisco shortening
Add all of the above ingredients together and cut the Crisco into the flour until texture forms
Add 4 Tablespoons of cold water. Fold in the dough until easily able to work with it. Roll out evenly into two thin rounds.
Apple Pie:
12 large McIntosh, peeled and cut thinly (yes, we did say McIntosh, not Granny Smiths)
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tbls butter
1 tbsp milk
Mix sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch together. Leave a tablespoon of mixture on the side to use later and sprinkle on the top of pie crust. Mix apples and remaining mixture together.

In a 9" pie plate, spray a bit of cooking spray and lay out dough on the bottom of plate. Poke bottom with fork. Pour in apple mixture Place 1 tablespoon of butter on top of apples. Lay the second round of dough on top of the apples, cut excess and press the crusts into "S" shapes using your thumb and pointer, creating a seal. Use water on edge of dough to make the seal easier to handle. Cut mini slices on top crust to let steam escape during baking. Spread 1 tbsp of milk on top of dough and sprinkle remaining tablespoon of cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour.

- Cover just the edges of the crust with aluminum foil to prevent burning.
- Use pre-made pie crust (i.e. Pillsbury pie crust located in the refrigerated section of your grocery store).
- Make pie ahead of time, except for the baking part and freeze. Thaw out a day before and bake as directed.
Apple pie comes out crispy, apples tender surrounded by a perfect cinnamon syrup mixture.
Any additional tips or variations, please post in the comments section.

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