The anticipation is killing me. Thanksgiving is two days away and I'm antsy to bake my first ever apple pie. But I want to wait 'til tomorrow so it's fresh for the big day.
In the meantime, the dough is already ready and waiting in the fridge. And I've been busy listening to advice. Everyone, it seems, knows the best way to bake the tastiest pie.
I made a couple of bold decisions: I opted for an all-butter crust rather than using lard or Crisco (despite advice to the contrary from some well-respected foodies). Instead of investing in a pastry blender, I relied on the food processor.
Now comes the next big decision: which type of apples to use and how thinly do I slice them?
My cousin's wife passed on some advice from her Aunt Viola, who apparently makes an amazing apple pie.
"Her trick is to use many different types of apples (red delicious, granny smith, Rome apples, Macintosh, etc). In addition, when she cuts up her apples instead of using thin slices (which she says turns into applesauce) she uses big thick slices (which yield nice chunks of apples after cooking)."
Sounds like good advice. I might even follow it!
Friends and family have rallied together to bolster my confidence (although my mom suggested I go out and buy a frozen crust).
One friend e-mailed her support.
"May there be many flaky, flaky crusts in your future," she wrote.