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Christmas Pies

Surrounded by Covid cases that have killed my holiday plans. What do do? Make apple pies anyway. Will get slices distributed to friends and colleagues over the next couple of days. This time I have an assistant. She was excited about the opportunity and I'm excited to have her join me.



I've just about got this recipe memorized down to the smallest measurements. I generally go heavy on the nutmeg and ginger. It gives it that extra zing that makes it a good pie in my opinion. Somehow I even remembered that the Celsius temperature was 190 degrees. No idea how that stuck with my failing memory. However, my level of impatience seems to shine through each time. With both the pies I nearly forgot an important element because I was rushing myself. The first one went in the oven without sugar sprinkled on the top. The second one I forgot to dot the apples with butter before putting the crust on top. Somehow I realized these steps got skipped and quickly rectified the problems.


By far the hardest part of doing this here in China is not having the pre made crusts ready to go. Having to make my own crust is tough, but I'm starting to figure out the nuances. For instance, you can't go crazy enough with the flour when trying to roll out the dough into a big circle. Otherwise the dough just wants to stick to everything. Flour all over your hands. Flour on the rolling pin. More flour on the table. Maybe do a bit of the Lebron James and send a cloud of flour up into the air? When you see pictures of someone working hard in the kitchen and there's flour all over their clothes? Yeah. I get that now.


I haven't gotten to the point where I'm willing to try a fancy crust on top. When you "flute" the top of the pie so air can get out I've taken the opportunity to spells some things on top, but I'm not into a crazy quilt of bands yet. I let Daisy handle this one and she went with a D for David and Daisy.



End results? Well, we shall see if our efforts get some smiles from some Covided-up sickos. I'm feeling confident that I already had the Omicron variant this past June after coming back from Pennsylvania. Maybe got it on the plane? Who knows? Regardless, I always seem to feel best about me when doing something nice for others. Showing some empathy to students struggling with math and handing out apple pie are my vehicles to finding some joy in this life. It's who I am and who I want to be.



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That pie looks awesome. Here a tip on your pie crust making. Don't over handle the dough, like kneading and continually forming it into a ball. It makes the dough tough instead of flaky. If that makes sense. 😉

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Mike Durkee
Mike Durkee
23 déc. 2022

I remember my mom making pies (they were spectacular!) and she never used store bought crust... like you said there was flour everywhere. I have her old rolling pin, never have used it but absolutely had to have it. Pie is always always always a good thing to give to folks. Be well my friend, stay healthy, hope your holidays and time off are wonderful!

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That pie looks Sooooo good!! You'll bring joy to many. Will you still be able to travel out of town over the long break?

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David Shick!
David Shick!
23 déc. 2022
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Not sure what sort of travel is possible at this point. Will reassess after a week. I hope so, but for now I plan on staying put in Hangzhou.

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Heresolong
Heresolong
23 déc. 2022

Awesome!

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