The Pie Academy’s Tailgate Pie of the Week: Week 6
Purists will tell you there’s little you can do to improve on the flavor of an unadorned apple pie made with nothing more than fresh apples, a sprinkle of sugar, and a dash of thickener.
Excuse me, but that’s just a bunch of trash talk by those who have never tried this version with apples baked in a tangy-sweet velvety custard and topped with a crunchy pecan topping. It’ll put most “pure” apple pies to shame.
The secret in the sauce, so to speak, is a sweet-tart sour cream custard that envelopes the apples and bakes into all the nooks and crannies, surrounding them with a velvety creaminess that elicits appreciative moans and eliminates the need for the typical adornments such as ice cream or whipped cream.
You know crumb toppings are big here at The Pie Academy and perhaps you think you’ve seen them all. But this one is different, extra-crunchy/sandy and made with melted butter – not cold. The addition of fresh, chopped pecans sure doesn’t hurt.
If you do bring this one to your tailgate party, even though much of the nation has experienced dropping temps this week, be sure to keep it in a coolish spot until serving time. Like anything with a custard in it, a little extra caution is always a good idea.
Enjoy! I know you will. And now, a word about a special deal I’m offering for one week only. I’m calling it my…
No Malarkey “Apple Pie” Book Sale
If you saw the Vice Presidential debate last night, you heard Joe Biden toss off the word malarkey – slang for nonsense…foolish talk…less than truthful.
Long story short, it brought back fond memories of my dad, who told me – whenever I needed to hear it – that I was full of malarkey.
Dad also happened to be my first apple pie mentor and the inspiration for my best selling book, Apple Pie. So in his honor, I’m holding a special, 1-week only sale on the book for The Pie Academy subscribers, knocking a buck off the already discounted price and five bucks off the regular shipping fee you’d pay for book orders in my store.
Don’t order the book through my store. Instead…
…send me an email, using the Contact tab above. Put “No Malarkey Book Sale” at the top of the message field. If nothing else, it’ll make me chuckle.
Tell me who you are and give me any special instructions for signing/inscribing the book.
I’ll invoice you through PayPal, billing you $12.00 for the book (that’s $3.00 off the retail price) and $6.00 for shipping. One book per order. When payment is received, I’ll ship the book.
You have until next weekend – until October 21 – to take advantage of this special deal. I hope you do. Apple pie season is in full swing and you need these recipes now!
Have a great week.
PASTRY NOTE: Use your favorite pastry recipe to make the shell for this pie. I highly recommend the GOOD BASIC PIE DOUGH.