I’ve been afraid to say it for a long time, but I think I’m ready now. And I feel safer coming out with it, now that the cupcake madness is dying down.
It’s not that I don’t like cake. Cake is fine. Sometimes it’s really good! I like cake. But I don’t LOVE cake. It’s fun to make and to decorate, and cupcakes are really fun, and I have been known to make four different varieties for one party, but really, my heart belongs to pie. I looooove pie. And tart, and galette, and crisp and cobbler and strudel, and things of that nature.
Last night my parents had a housewarming party and they asked me to make a dessert for it. They were serving heavy hors d’oeuvres and I wanted to make some sort of adorable mini sweet. I thought about cupcakes, but omg they’re so last year, and it’s fall which we all know is time for apple pie. I ended up making mini apple pies in a muffin tin and they were SO good, and adorable to boot.
I usually suck at pie crusts, so I was so happy when this one turned out well! Two different graduates of baking programs complimented me on it. I hate to admit that the recipe came from veganyumyum.com, but it did, so there you have it. I followed her directions for making mini-pies, kind of, and winged the filling. You know, apples, sugar, cinnamon, cooked it on the stove for a bit because it was only going in the oven for a half hour, tasted it, needed more cinnamon, tasted it again, ate three more spoonfuls, reminded myself I needed to save some for the pies…
Speaking of apples, I went back to the apple fest today! I brought some kids with me and left with a bag full of Criterions and Asian pears. Not quite as good as last week’s Spitzenbergs, unfortunately, but still delicious.