First, I found some cough drops which offered me some much needed relief.
Then I made quick and easy bean burritos for dinner.
Then, I set out to make an incredible pie.
Oh, it definitely went down.
4 apples and 4 pears. I had them on hand. The fruit decided what kind of pie I should make.
I let fruit make lots of decisions for me.
I peeled them one at a time, and let them rest in a bowl of water, with a quarter of a lemon squeezed into the water.
One by one, I peeled them.
Then, I cored them and sliced them, thinly. Just as typical pie recipes instructed me to do.
and back in the water they go.
After they were all sliced I put them in a colander over the sink and let them sit and drip until I was ready to use them again.
Then things got a little crazy.
Well, not too crazy, don't get excited or anything.
I unwrapped about 18 caramels and melted them in a sauce pan with about a tablespoon of milk. This step is undocumented because I was distracted by the molten piece of caramel that jumped out of the pan and landed on my right index finger. That didn't feel nice. But I had to get my weekly burn out of the way, so, there's that.
Once the caramel was melted, I removed it from the heat and stirred in about a tablespoon of the whiskey.
I put the now somewhat dry apples into a large mixing bowl and added about 2-3 tablespoons of flour, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1/2 cup-ish of sugar, a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the caramel mixture. I tossed it all together using two large spoons, and let it sit for a second while I prepared the pie crust.
Now, I'll be honest with you. I did cheat here. I used store bought crust. Which is in no way shape or form anywhere close to home made, but I'm sick. Cut me some slack.
The bottom crust goes into the pie tin, first (captain obvious, to the rescue!)
and the top crust I cut into 1" wide strips
Using a fork, poke some holes in the bottom of the bottom crust, then add your caramel-y, apple-y, delicious-y mixture. Mine was a bit wet, I left about a tablespoon or so of liquid behind in the bowl, but the majority of it went into the pie.
Now, take the 1" wide strips and select about four of them to go across the pie in one direction, like this
Pinch them against the bottom crust to make them stay in place.
Then, pinch the rest of the strips against the other side of the crust, like this
Then, using your skills in the folding and unfolding of dough, you're going to make a lattice design.
Start on one edge and work your way across the pie. Fold the strip farthest to the edge back and lay a perpendicular strip across, underneath. Then lay the folded back strip flat again, and lay a perpendicular strip over it. And on and on until the whole pie is latticed. It's easy to mess up, but also not hard to do. I actually kind of messed mine up when I was photographing it. But it's easily unfolded and refolded until you get it right.
Pinch the dough strip on the far side when you're all done folding and unfolding that strip.
When it's all done, trim the excess dough off the edges and press it all together with the tines of a fork.
You can bake the little pastry scraps, for a tasty snack, too! I tossed mine in a little cinnamon and sugar and put them on a cookie sheet right in the oven with the pie. They take about 10 minutes or so to bake and they're yummy. Call the kids quickly, before you eat all of them yourself.
Now, bake at 400 degrees for about 45-ish minutes. When the crust was reasonably golden brown I gently inserted a fork between the lattice and tested the fruit for done-ness. It was done. And out it came!
It sure does LOOK tasty, but I won't know for sure until tomorrow when the family joins us for Christmas Eve dinner. Mine is happily resting in the fridge now, I'll reheat it before dessert time, tomorrow! Serve with ice cream!