Fall is the time for apples! Not those bland apples you buy at the grocery store that have been sitting in chillers for 9 months, but those apples that have been picked at an orchard just down the street from where you live.
The second I read that Emily of Sandmuffin chose All-American, All-Delcious Apple Pie for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. I knew I was heading over to my local apple stand. I love the apples that come from Allred Orchards in Provo, Utah.
I decided that I'd ask the Allred lady that helped us which type of apple she likes to make pies with. She said she preferred Jona Gold. So we rolled out with those. I figured that even though I didn't pick a variety of apples like Dorie suggested, that I did pick an apple that is a cross between two apples: a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious.
The result was wonderful! It made one of the most delicious apple pies I've ever made or tasted!
Everything that Dorie asks you to do in the recipe pulls together and becomes this apple-wonder! I mean the zest of full lemon combined with the nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar was so delightful. It honestly was so flavorful and a bit complex. It definitely wasn't one of those one-note pies. Some bite you'd get lots of lemon and buttery flavor, then the next you'd get the richness of the apple and hints of fresh nutmeg. Then others you'd devour the buttery crust with the perfect texture that comes from the apple combo and tapioca. It truly was a great apple pie. Everyone that tried it loved it and I think it just may make an appearance at this year's Thanksgiving dinner.
Be sure to check out the leave your link post on the Tuesdays with Dorie site where you'll find many more apple pie posts.
And as for Allred's Orchards, if you are near be sure to stop on by. They have several varieties of apples that are crisp and delicious. I'm going to stop by again this week for more apples to make Dorie's Apple Cake for French Friday's with Dorie. Allred's also makes some great apple juice!
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