I am not a baker. Other than making the occasional muffins, cookies, and fruit bread, I don't bake very often. But something about fall, and the ensuing holidays, makes me want to bake. I have traditional recipes that I make every year, and baking during the fall and winter months just makes me feel homey and good. So last night, I stayed in, spent some time with hubs, and made a resplendant apple pie.
Now, some folks might think that homemade pie is alot of work. But I use shortcuts, and I've noticed very little difference in the quality of the pie as a result. Though there are those that make homemade piecrust (and I've made my fair share), I've discovered that the Marie Callender's deep-dish frozen pie crusts are pretty dang good. (They're great for quiche, too.) They stay flaky and light, and they taste buttery. (Yum.)
I filled one up last night with about 5 sliced apples and all the sugar/flour/spices called for in the recipe. I also tried something new - instead of a top piecrust, I covered the top of a the pie with an apple-crisp-like topping. (Which is way easier than rolling out even the roll-and-bake piecrusts in the refrigerated foods section - no mess.) You can buy this pre-made in the store, but I threw one together using flour, oats, sugar, butter, and chopped pecans.
I peeled, cored, and sliced the apples (which was made easier by my apple-corer/slicer.) and mixed them with a bit of flour, sugar, and spices. Dumped the mixture in the pre-made pie crust, and topped it with the quick crisp topping. It baked for about 45 minutes while I watched some programs I'd TiVoed.
It was AMAZING. So if you're lazy (like me), and you want a pie with VERY little effort, buy a pre-made crust, an apple-corer, and, heck, even a packet of that crisp topping at the store. You will have delicious homemade pie, and your house will smell amazing while it bakes. (Incidentally, your husband will sing your praises.)