It’s Canadian Thanksgiving! In all honesty though, it doesn’t really feel like it to me…especially since I’m still caught up on the fact that September is over and don’t know where it went!!
Thanksgiving is still pretty awesome though – it means that 5 years ago, me and the husband officially started ‘dating.’ In case you were wondering, he was the one that asked me to be in a relationship on Facebook ;).
My mom did a dinner on Friday, but since we don’t eat turkey, we arrived a bit later and just ate a bunch of leftover veggies and some cranberries. Very ‘Thanksgiving-y’ I know. Here’s my turkey :P.
I also had a crumby assignment due on Friday night (ugh, what prof does that?!), so I had to make sure I got that done before we headed to my mom’s house, which is part of the reason why we arrived later. Good thing she lives less than a mile away (read: I’m excited about this for when the baby comes).
Although not in the holiday mind frame this year, the husband and I totally still got domesticated. We totally baked a pie together from scratch!! I don’t know why I don’t do this more often, but it really doesn’t take that much effort to bake those things!! I think having 2 people doing it is better than one also ;). Those extra set of hands rolled some awesome dough and cut some perfect apples.
We used this pie crust recipe, and the filling I improvised from googling around. Here’s what I came up with:
- 8 apples, peeled and sliced (I used 4 granny smith and 4 crispin)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 sugar
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 – 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- splash of vanilla
I was debating on whether to do a criss-cross pattern for the top crust, or just the standard full piece of dough. I opted for the full piece just so I could cut a star out as the centre shape. They still do that, right?!
No pie crust is complete without a dusting of sugar on top!
We let it bake at 450F for 15 minutes, then reduced to 350 for another 25 mins to come out looking like this…
Let me tell ya, home baked pie totally trumps store-bought.
And, the best part about homemade is you can add however many layers of apples as you want. Clearly I opted for ‘overflowing.’ It’s totally a technical term in apple pie making.
It just tastes so much better fresh!
I just need to convince the husband that we should do this more often somehow. Suggestions?
And as if baking together didn’t emphasize how good we are as a team, check out this shot of us from last night. I happened to look down at our feet and notice us sitting the same way. We both got a good kick outta this one. We are so cool.
HAPPY CANADIAN THANKSGIVING!!
One thing to note: us baking this pie totally lets me cross off another October goal!
Favourite kind of pie?!
Apple for me.
What are you thankful for?
Family, friends, baby in my stomach, chance to be back in school, the awesome country I live in!