Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Life Changing Apple Pie with Cheese Cracker Crust

"I... will ask the Lord to bless me with apple pie and cheese" - Eugene Field

Who doesn't love apple pie? And who doesn't love (or at least highly regard) cheese? If there are any such poor souls in the world (and you happen to care about them), make them this pie, because it will change their lives.

This, my friends, is apple pie with a crust made out of cheese crackers and shredded cheddar cheese. Eat it warm from the oven, and life will never be quite the same.

The pie before putting on the crust

The recipe comes from this book. Make a regular apple pie in a 9-inch pie pan using a single round of pie pastry for the bottom (this was my first attempt at using homemade pastry, and I may never go back to store-bought) and 6 cups of apples. The crust is made out of cheese crackers (I used a white cheddar flavored variety), shredded white cheddar cheese, and butter.

Enjoy (I certainly did)!

*an account of how it changed my life has been requested by interested parties, so here goes:

One minute you're going along, trying out a new recipe for apple pie that sounded pretty good, grooving to some music while chopping apples and mixing dough in the kitchen. You preheat the oven, insert the pie, then wait for the timer to go off.
Slowly and subtly, amazing smells start to waft in fragrant curls from the oven and pervade your home. Sweet smells of fruit, savory smells of cheddar, warm smells of baking crust curl themselves around you like multiple boa constrictors: they will not release you from their grasp until the pie is finished and cooling on a trivet, the cutting knife is in your hand, and a pie plate is waiting nearby. Finally, once it is in between piping hot and room temperature (and there is a glass of milk at hand), you pick up your fork and take a bite.
Instantly life as you know it has changed: butterflies are fluttering overhead, the sun is shining, and you're pretty sure you can hear angels singing. You wonder how you possibly got this far in life without knowing such bliss existed - then you take a second bite.
Life never tasted so good.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sunrise Socks

"What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?" - E.M. Forster

Things are going slowly with the needles n' yarn bag of late, but I did finally finish these socks for myself:

They are the "Jane Bennet" socks from one of the Jane Austen Knits magazines. According to the pattern writer, they are "delicate, pretty socks with not a bad word to say about anyone!"

Since finishing, blocking, and trying them on this morning, I haven't heard any bad words from them yet.

I'll be keeping my ears open, though...