Thursday, January 7, 2010

Pie Dreams

I've been thinking about pie a lot today. Slightly more so than usual. It's mostly because I had a date to go get pie this evening, which went swimmingly. The pie was adequate--german chocolate cream, rather like chocolate pudding with coconut and a few chopped nuts mixed in--but it didn't match my dream of pie, which is a sort of brownie-pecan-caramel concoction. I'll have to figure out the best way to make that happen. I also feel nearly up to the task of making butterscotch pie, from my grandmother's recipe, which involves, literally, forty-five minutes of slaving over a hot stove. That's why I've only ever made it once before.

The other pie I was pondering earlier is apple. See, at the farmers' market where I shop on Sundays there is a fellow who sells fantastic Fuji apples. I normally buy the seconds, since I'm just going to chop them up and turn them into applesauce, and appearance doesn't matter. They're so sweet, that my applesauce recipe consists of two ingredients: apples and cinnamon. Now, given that I can make delicious applesauce with no added sugar, couldn't I also make an apple pie, just as delicious, with little or no added sugar? I plan to find out.

1 comment:

  1. I don't see why not! I think it all just depends on whether you like a sweet apple pie, or a spiced apple pie. And if the apples are sweet enough on their own (like so many are) you wouldn't need much, if any, additional sugar.

    My only concern with the Fuji's is that they might break up/soften a bit much for a nice apple pie texture.

    But it's definitely worth experimenting!