For me, failing at pie is like forgetting how to brush my teeth--it just can't happen. Wake me at 3 AM, and I could make a slammin' apple pie without a recipe.
This fail is no reflection on the recipe because plenty of other bakers got beautiful pies. I've gone over and over it in my head and I think I followed the recipe exactly but obviously not when you look at this:
No, something obviously went very wrong. First, the pie crust. I have a tried and true all butter pie crust I've been making for 20 years. This wasn't it. I must have measured the flour wrong because I know I used 2 sticks of butter. It was impossible to work, with little pebbles of butter spread throughout that didn't have enough flour to hold them together. Then there was the filling. I mistakenly thought the caramel was served on top of the pie after it baked. I read the recipe repeatedly and never saw the part where you combine the caramel with the apples. My Granny Smith apples were huge so I only used 6, and the filling of the pie towered over the pan. I almost added cinnamon (apple pie without cinnamon just seems wrong to me) but didn't. After 10 minutes in the oven, the pie crust was dripping butter and the crimped edge fell off in places. But I still baked my pie for the full amount of time (1 hour and 45 minutes) that the recipe called for. It wasn't until after this epic fail that I reread the P&Q and saw that one hour was sufficient. Really, 45 minutes less would not have changed the outcome because at one hour, there was a layer of butter on the sheet pan and the pie still looked awful, just less brown. Perhaps the inside wouldn't have been mush:
Where did the enormous mound of apples go? Obviously, I was making applesauce pie.
One of my favorite bloggers, Susan of Baking with Susan picked this week's recipe. I'm working so much that I probably should have skipped it but I wanted to make her pick. Sorry, Susan, for mangling your pick!
Make sure you visit Susan and see her pie. She'll also have the recipe. And check out the other Sweet Melissa Sundays bakers...you can find them here.