Monday, December 7, 2009

The " I need a break from studying " Pie

Have you ever studied so much it started to get to your nerves? So you turn to cooking... and the sound you make when slicing the apples with a sense of determination slowly gives you a sense of calm?

Well, meet apple pie with a twist.

1 stick cold unsalted butter
1 cup whole wheat floor
1 cup white flour
1/4 ice cold lime mineral water ( yes lime)
1/3 cup powdered sugar

Combine until the  crumbly dough barely sticks together, press it into the pie pan, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while you make the filling

2 small granny smith apples
3 pink lady apples
1/3 cup brown sugar, unpacked
1 tsp vanilla
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon

2/3 cup oats
1/2 cup flour
3/4 stick unsalted butter
1 pinch cinnamon
2 tbsp orange juice

See the bears eying the pie. You know they want some.
( Sadly, I had to take a picture of the pie after it was refrigerated, so it doesnt look as amazing )

EDIT: As one of my readers kindly pointed out, I didn't specify the cooking temperature etc on the original post. It can now be found in my comments suggestion. Though my advice remains: you know your kitchen appliances the best and can probably determine the ideal temperature/time based on the other goodies you have made. What worked for me, may not work for you. Either way, the aroma of a baked item wafting through the home is usually a good sign ;)


  1. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwh yummyyyyyyyyyyyyy... my mouth is watering... yum!!!!!!

  2. That looks fantastic! I would like a slice right now to go with my morning coffee. Yes? Please?
    And I totally know what you're talking about concerning the studying. I would get really mad at my notes and throw them into the air... just to pick them back up and start all over again.

    As for getting the fiance to eat tofu, I would say there are two good ways to introduce it. One is to more or less drown it in some sauce he likes--barbecue, sweet & sour, etc. That way he'll get the taste first, and then the texture. The second is to be sneaky, crumble it up, and hide it in something. I made stuffed red peppers a few weeks ago and I crumbled it up in the chunky tomato sauce. By the time everything was mixed together and baked, there was texture, but the Man didn't know there was tofu in it.

  3. Your pie looks amazing! Good luck with your finals, our son is in his first year at FSU Law and is totally overwhelmed. Should I suggest he bake a pie?

  4. I've definitely been there before with the studying. Baking is the perfect distraction! Your pie crust sounds really good.

  5. This looks YUMMY, but did you cook it? Where's the rest of your recipe?

  6. Yes... I did cook it :)
    Though I find that the temperature and time will probably very for everyone. Personally, I had it at 375F for about 1.5 hours.

    You could probably shorten the cooking time by quickstarting the apples in a pan before you place it in the pie.

    Also, if the topping starts to brown too fast, simply cover it with a piece of foil.

  7. I wish my apartment smelled like apple pie, I'm jealous! Where do you find lime mineral water....or do you just make your own? I hope thats not a stupid question...

  8. Baking is peaceful for me. I always bake when I am under stress and afterward I can take a step back and look at the situation then conquer it head on.