I'm scared of pie. It's intimidating to bake. It takes time. . .and crisco. My mother-in-law bakes a rockstar Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. And who doesn't love Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving? Those are the only 2 kinds of pie I ever eat. Ever. Last week, Jack was insistent on baking Apple Pie. How could I get out of this one? Apple Crostada. I used Ina Garten's recipe from the Barefoot Contessa Parties! cookbook. It can also be found here on Food Network. I followed the recipe almost exactly; except I used Haralson (4 small/medium size) apples, per the advice from a farmer at the Kingfield Farmers Market. He knew what he was talking about. The apples were perfect.
I'm also slightly afraid of using my food processor, however, with the help of my Mom, Step-dad, and Jack. . .we pulled off making the crust.
The recipe is a bit time-consuming, but worth the work. . .the crostada was so pretty and tasted great. I like to think it was easier than baking a pie. And, the recipe makes 2 crusts (1 to freeze), so I have an excuse to bake it again. Courtland is thrilled:)
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
I'm a native North Dakotan who has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 10 years. I come from a German-Russian heritage. Family get-togethers always revolved around traditional German-Russian foods (mostly of the meat, potato, bread variety). I still enjoy those comfort foods, but now try to focus on organic ingredients as much as possible. Once I moved to Minneapolis, I grew more and more interested in cooking, dining out, and reading blogs about local foods and restaurants.
By day, I work as a clinical social worker for a local childrens' hospital/clinic. By night, I'm a wife, mom, house manager, and food/restaurant blogger. Exercise is not an option for me. Running, spinning, weight-lifting, and yoga are what keep me healthy and sane.