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L. G. (L)
Subject: Spices for apple pie?
Date Posted: 10/10/2008 5:38 AM ET
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What do you use?

Just curious what is the usual fare in the US and how it compares to what I have done in the past. :)

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 11:08 AM ET
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I like to use cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little lemon juice. I've tried allspice, brandy, and vanilla but they didn't make the cut. It also depends on what apples I use. If I use granny smith, I omit the lemon juice - they are tart enough for us.

One thing the kids and I do every year is to read the book "How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World" and then make the recipe for apple pie in the back. The kids can do everything now except peel the apples! This apple pie recipe is a little too sweet for our taste so we make a few adjustments. Also the crust is butter, not shortening. Depends on what you prefer. I believe the book is waitlisted here but it is reasonable on Amazon, especially the used ones,  http://www.amazon.com/Make-Apple-World-Dragonfly-Books/dp/0679880836

T. -
Date Posted: 10/10/2008 5:59 PM ET
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I'm simple--I use cinnamon, plain white sugar and real butter.

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 8:06 PM ET
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I completely concur with T.G. 

Cinnamon, sugar and butter.   'Nuff said!!!     Mmm, mmm, pie!!

ETA:   P.S......just make sure to use tart, crisp apples.  That makes all the difference!



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Date Posted: 10/10/2008 10:17 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/11/2008 6:14 PM ET
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Nothing to add to that: cinnamon, sugar, and some lemon juice.

Not to mention that I am envious of someone who can or would make a pie! I like to cook a lot, but baking is very hard for me. You know why that is: one is more improvisational, the other very precise. That's the whole problem!

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 10:22 PM ET
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I'm so lazy.  I use Pumpkin Pie Spice, which is mostly cinnamon.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 11:37 AM ET
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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 10/13/2008 2:19 AM ET
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Thanks for the input.  I use cinnamon and a little nutmeg, clove and cardamom.  Just a tad. 

I am working with a friend this week to peel and chop apples and bake pies.  Her trees are loaded and there are many she has recued from the ground.   Then we will split the pies between us. :)

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 10:06 AM ET
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You know, I prefer a "crisp" to a pie. And with apple crisp, I think it tastes the best with just cinnamon and vanilla for spices/flavorings.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 10/14/2008 2:32 AM ET
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Oh, I love apple crisp!  My Mom used to make the most amazing apple crisp!