Mmmm… Pie….

For the epicurious (and the hungry), this Friday is National Pie Day. To celebrate, four inns that make up the Historic Inns of Rockford, Maine, are hosting “Pies on Parade” this Sunday, and our friends at This Just In have the details:

Each inn will be receiving ticketed guests between 1 and 4 p.m., with tours of common areas and some guests rooms. Taste various pies, from traditionals like cherry and apple to more modern variations like Key Limerock Pie, Seafood with Lobster Pie, Kiwi Berry Tart, and a Goat Cheese Breakfast Pie. Then take home a recipe collection so you can bake your own.

The four inns (the Berry Manor Inn, the Lindsey House Inn, the LimeRock Inn, and the Old Granite Inn) are within walking distance of each other. But a trolley

will make the rounds. Some of Rockland’s local businesses are also offering samples, including a Chocolate Decadence Pie at the Pastry Garden and Lemon Curd Pie with Ginger Crust at Lily Bistro. (Cue the drooling).

All proceeds go to the local Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry.

And you can rest assured that the decadence won’t hurt the environment: All of the pie will be served with biodegradable, “compostable” plates and silverware-made of sugar cane.

There’s nothing more American than pie, so even if you can’t make it to Maine to celebrate, at least take the time this week to bake your own or see below the jump and try my favorite recipe for classic apple pie.

Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9-inch double crust pie (the pre-made, frozen variety works great)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6-8 Granny Smith apples–peeled, cored and sliced

Directions:

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  1. Preheat oven to 425° F (220° C). Melt the butter in a saucepan.Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar, and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer. 
  2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly.Cover with a lattice work of crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off. 
  3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350° F (175° C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream… yum.

Photo: Deb Perelman/smittenkitchen.com; Recipe courtesy Allrecipes.com

 

Cover with a lattice work of crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.

 

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream… yum.

Photo: Deb Perelman/smittenkitchen.com; Recipe courtesy Allrecipes.com

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