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Molly—my older sister, 6 years my senior—always refered to herself as the "Queen of Everything"; while I got the title "The Princess of Quite A Lot". Growing up I thought it was awesome to be a princess. I mention this because Molly has been on my mind often lately because she just had my new nephew—Sweet Baby James—and her birthday is the first week of April. I happen to know a LOT of people that are either Aries and Taurus—my brother, cousins, and many friends—and birthdays are a reason for cake and pie. A beautiful thing, in my mind and something I am always ready to jump up and make for the occasion. The Cake Doctor is a book I have, highly recommend, and will let you borrow if you don’t have the time to make a cake. But check out the following recipes for some of my favorites—an easy apple pie—and the best cheesecake ever. So happy birthday Molly—and all the April babies—I hope you are enjoying being the "Queen of Everything".
Easy Apple Pie
People swear you need to make your own crust—and prebake the apples. Two things that take time and I can’t tell the difference in the end result. So go grab some Pillsbury pie crusts and this yummy pie can be whipped up in about 10 minutes plus baking time. I get rave reviews every time. Cooks note: change it up by making a pear pie or using different apples (I like Rome Beautys, Wynsaps, or Cortlands mixed with a granny or two).
6 large apples; peeled, cored, and chopped or sliced
Unbaked pastry for two crust pie
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon flour
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
¾ teaspoon ginger
¾ teaspoon nutmeg
dash of salt
3 tablespoon butter or margarine
Tip: Place a cookie sheet under your pie as the apples and sugars will combine and can boil over.
Place apples in unbaked pie shell. Sprinkle lemon juice over apples. Mix flour, sugars, and spices. Sprinkle flour mixture over apples. Dot with butter. Cover pie with top crust. Make cuts to look pretty and vent. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for another 45 minutes.
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