'Tis the Season for Apple Pie...

Do you smell that in the air? Yup, it's apple season. I look forward to apple picking every year, and it's become a fall tradition for my boyfriend and me. When we were upstate last weekend, we came back with more than 10 pounds of freshly picked apples! I immediately went into baker mode, and just this week I baked two apple pies. I've always had a soft spot for apple pie, and my college roommate and current BFF loves to remind me of the time I went through a phase where I ate apple pie a la mode for a week straight. (YOLO, right?) So, these pies won't last long...

 

 

Over the years I have perfected my pie crust technique. In the past I've had trouble rolling out the dough but I'm glad to say that it's finally become "easy as pie" for me. Lately I've been using this recipe, which is all butter and no shortening. It comes out perfectly flaky and with a delicious buttery flavor. I have to swat my boyfriend away from sneaking extra crust, so I know it must be a true winner! Speaking of crust, I successfully executed my first lattice crust. After watching a quick Youtube video, I realized it's so much easier than I ever thought! I love that lattice crusts look so much more elegant, and they truly are a part of the quintessential homemade apple pie. 

My first lattice crust! So proud!

My first lattice crust! So proud!

We STILL have apples left over so I will probably bake one more pie and then devour the rest of the apples as they are. There is nothing like an apple picked right from the tree. When I buy them at the market, I tend to favor Fuji apples for their crispness and light but sweet flavor, but I will eat any apple that is freshly picked. I love the crispy crunch that they all have right after you pick them. Hopefully I can get back upstate to pick more apples before the season is over :)