Have a Peace America


A bit behind, but very excited to share an excellent Apple Pie recipe and a thought on "We the people." It has been ten years since 9/11. To be very honest, I cannot believe that it has passed by so quickly. I am not a politician or particularly interested in raising my heart rate towards many "political issues." However, I do have a bit of an opinion on the American way when it comes to 9/11. So, I gathered the ingredients and began my thought process while putting together one of the most American recipes I could come up with, Apple Pie.



 The weeks leading up to this tenth anniversary the internet and media sources dove into touching stories of individuals that experienced 9/11 face to face. I read and watched many stories as I would hope that most fellow Americans did.


The main thing that I remember about 9/11 was the unity Americans developed overnight. My parents were Volunteer Firefighters at the time, in a small community. I remember the out-poor of community support to local Fire and Police Departments in our community and throughout the United States. During this time it felt as if Americans really united, we all had one thing in common and we wanted to embrace each other during the difficult time. I remember being very proud of the American People. Words cannot properly describe the feeling.
I am unsure of what happened but that unity has really seemed to fade, and very quickly. I do not believe that the American People has ever forgotten 9/11, but it seems that gumption that we developed the days following 9/11 has subsided. The event of 9/11 has and still is changing Americans' way of life. We are still in a war. People are still attempting to rebuild their lives. These continued events are what we, fellow Americans, must not forget. Yes, we all have this event in common, but many of us have been effected so much more than others.

I ask you not to just remember 9/11 on September 11th of each year, keep this time in mind throughout the year. I am not asking you to dwell on it either, just do not allow the anniversary be the only time you reunite with fellow Americans.

A good way of bringing people together is a homemade pie. This may seem to be such a simple act, but it can really make someone feel just a bit better and that is all that matters. Bring back the unity America!



Apple Pie 
Ingredients
  • 1 recipe for double pie crust with cinnamon
  • 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
  • 8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced (I usually only use about 5)
  • Cinnamon to taste
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees 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. Add cinnamon and just a bit of the filling. Cover with a lattice work 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 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Double Pie Crust
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening softened, not melted
  • 6 tablespoons cold water
  • Cinnamon to taste
Directions
  1. In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide dough in half so one ball is slightly larger than the other.
  2. Roll out the larger ball to fit a 9-in. or 10-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry with even with edge of plate. Pour desired filling into crust.
  3. Roll out second ball; cut slits in pastry. Position over filling. Trim pastry to 1 in. beyond edge of pie plate. Fold top crust over bottom crust. Flute edges. Bake according to recipe directions.  Or you can use a pizza cutter and cut out strips for lattis work for the apple pie.
Enjoy!