In our family, pies are not just for holidays. Just about anything might inspire a pie craving, but by far the most reliable craving-inducer is to watch an episode (or two…) of Pushing Daisies. When the characters are not talking about pie they’re rolling dough or mixing pie filling or adding secret ingredients or making deliveries of pie in the most picturesque of wooden boxes. You might think the murder central to each episode would dull your appetite, but, no. The creators of the show managed to turn dead bodies into just one more layer of creativity and visual deliciousness that leaves you hungry for the next episode. It’s like pie for your eyes, and it’s guaranteed to make us want pie in our mouths.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
7 cups apples, peeled if you like, and sliced or chopped
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 Tablespoons butter
1 egg yolk
1 Tablespoon water
Grated sharp cheddar cheese
Pastry crust (We like this recipe.)
Combine apples, lemon juice, sugars, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Lay pastry in bottom of pie pan.
Fill with apple mixture.
Dot with pieces of butter.
Cover with top pastry, poke steam holes, and crimp edges.
Whisk egg and water, and brush on top crust.
Cover edges of crust with tin foil.
Bake at 425 for 15 minutes.
Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 20 minutes
Remove tin foil and sprinkle top of pie liberally with grated sharp cheddar cheese, then bake for a final 20 minutes.