Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The Magical Apple Pie Afternoon

Good apple pies are a considerable part
of our domestic happiness.
-Jane Austen

There was something magical about late Saturday afternoon. The day began with a rumble and then a downpour... the kind of storm my Dad likes to grin and call an east Texas barn floater. My 14-year old sister had stayed the night to help with the yard sale the next morning, and since the house is a little... intimidating... she slept with me. I remember her mumbling and rolling over as lightning crackled and flashed through the large bedroom windows. "Looks like you're off yard sale duty," I told her. We pulled the quilt up to our noses and went back to sleep.

But by late afternoon the storm had drifted away, leaving puddles and bright streams of light in its absence. I wandered outside, trying to formulate a 'Plan B' for the day, and noticed there were 7 perfect climbing roses blowing in the breeze off the front porch. I guess the storm brought them. Huh. I stood for awhile taking them in and then went inside, settling on making and canning apple pie filling. Random, I know.

But the instant that homemade caramel started bubbling in the pot, I knew it was exactly how I wanted to spend Saturday afternoon. As sunlight streamed through the kitchen windows, I sliced apples and grated nutmeg and stirred and played with the amber-colored filling.When the jars went into the water-bath canner, all you could hear in Freeman House was a gentle rattle and boiling. And from the open windows, the chirping birds and water dripping off the roof ...

... It was delicous. It was magical.

As the sun set, I lined up my freshly-canned filling and thought of how easy it will be to hammer out a homemade apple pie on short notice. (Plus, since the filling is premade and preshrunk, it means you can make the perfect lattice pie crust and it not buckle or crack when you cut into the pie. Plus-er, you don't have to heat up the kitchen making filling come Fourth of July.) As the jars cooled, I made an apron for the Etsy site. Gosh, aprons and apple pie...... what a magical afternoon!

(By the way - If you want to try the apple pie filling, leave me a comment with your email address, and I'll get the recipe over to you. And of course, I won't publish any comments with your personal information.)


Sue said...

Thank you Brin for the recipe, I will use this summer when apples are cheaper, I'm hoping!! It looks so good, can't wait to try it!

Anonymous said...

Hi girl! When I read this I could smell the apple filling all the way from my house! You seem so close! Wish I could visit for real. I love you! Auntie M

Brin said...

Hi Magical Apple Pie Ladies! :D

I'm trying my best to get the recipe out to everyone who's commented and requested it. If, however, you are still waiting for yours come Monday, April 9, you may want to nudge me again. Or check back. Check, at this point I may just post it and save us all a little trouble!

Have a great day, lovelies!

Rosa said...

Well... here's hoping you get messages from old posts. I've been reading your blog in order, with some peeking at your most recent posts.:) My husband has been giving me a hard time about how much I've been on the computer for the last few days. I told him that good stories aren't only found in books. I would very much like this recipe as I have an apple tree in my little yard and I would love to have a pie filling recipe with caramel! Yum...

Anonymous said...

Hello Brin,
I've just been rereading old posts.
I was in need of some ordinary magic reminders before I started this day and came across this post again. I would still love to have this recipe when you have time to send it. There is no big hurry as my apple tree is still sleeping under a blanket of snow. :)
Perhaps after you've come back from Istanbul?
Rosa http://rose-gardendiary.blogspot.com
Have fun!

Debbie Daily said...

Hello Brin...I am fairly new to you blog and in love with it!!
I would love your apple pie filling recipe as I am inspired to try canning this summer.
Also, do you know when your recipe book is coming out, because I also read your peach pocket pie post and want that one!!!! LOL
AND I want you to know I did the skillet cookies yesterday and my 20 year old son and his friends deemed it their FAVORITE!!
Thanks so much....continue to write and inspire...