Delicious Apple Pie

A doughy bottom crust, built from an admixture of flour, shortening, eggs and water is required to support the filling (and to be called a pie). The upper crust can be constructed at the same time as the bottom crust. Carefully add only as much water to form marbling in the shortening in order to have a gooey bottom crust (from the pie filling) and a flaky buttery top crust that will please both the eye and the palate.

Create the pie filling by combining cornstarch with spices (nutmeg and cinnamon), sugar and a small amount of lemon juice. Thicken the filling by cooking it slowly. Now, you need fresh, unblemished apples, which you will peel, quarter and quarter once again. But, of course, you must know what you and your guests want in the way of a taste for your pie and select the type of apple that will provide that expectation.

A Granny Smith apple delivers a tart, yet subtly sweet taste. A Brae burn apple will accept the cinnamon and nutmeg and deliver an abundance of spicy juice in every bite. Use Gala apples for their aromatic fragrance and their delicate texture will be easier for the young and old to chew. If you want a very sweet tasting pie, select the Golden Delicious apple, but it will brown during cooking, so it will be less pleasing to the eye to some. Try Jazz apples for crisper, less tart flavor in your pie.

Remember that you want to please those to whom you serve pie. The quality of the taste is very important, but it is also the most individual quality. Two different people may want the pie to taste different before pronouncing it to be a delicious apple pie. Aroma attracts the diner as perfume attracts the man. Appearance and presentation may win you accolades before the pie is cut. And, of course, the eaten pie must rest well in the one who ate it. What would your pie taste like and how would it digest if the apples were from the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge?

Web search the tree of knowledge. The fruit of that tree is most often depicted as an apple. You will not find much information on why it grew in the Garden of Eden, but you will find a commandment by God to Adam & Eve not to eat it. And, you will read of another, an enemy of God, who interacted with Eve, seduced her to take herself and Adam down a path in life that was away from God. Web search “The Fall of Adam,” and perceive how all of mankind now sees, perceives, and (even tastes pie) differently, not as intended. Even the word delicious falls short of what flavor meant before the fall of Adam.

While you serve pie to those you love, consider sharing what you learned about these things. Listen to what your guests say about it. A passage in the Christian Bible says, “Wherever two or three gather in my name, there am I with them,” (Matthew 18:20, New International Version). The book of Matthew was written by the Apostle Matthew (former disciple of Jesus) in AD 70 (70 years after the birth of Jesus Christ). God sent his son Jesus to walk and live among mankind, to experience our hardship, to show us the way back to God, and to provide that way by his own sacrifice in atonement for the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future.

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