Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Failure in Me

I pride myself on always being able to prepare the most delicious, scrumptious desserts around! Whenever we have company to our home I am an extra special effort to have something sweet available for their delight. I've been complimented countless times for my Frozen Berry Delight or my Heaven in a Cup.

Well the time for my humbling has arrived.

I spent the most of my afternoon running around doing errands then came home to bake a simple, delicious pie. I thought instead of the traditional apple pie with a top crust, I would attempt a dutch apple pie with crumble on top... 

I should have known better than to try something new. 

I follow the recipe posted from The Art of Natural Living. As you can see the pie is supposed to look something like this: 

I made it through the pie faze, the apples were juicy and perfect and the crust was pre-made so I didn't have to spend hours fighting with it. When I got to the crumble part on top I read the recipe as follows on her site: (someone please correct me if I'm wrong.)

Streusel Topping
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c butter
  • Mix streusel ingredients (I used my fingers) lightly until they come together in crumbly pea-sized pieces.  Top the apples with the streusel topping.
I set my oven to the correct temp and let it preheat all the way. I then placed my pie on the rack in the middle of the oven to bake. A little later I came back to check on it, making sure no juices were getting over the pan, and low and behold this is what I found...

 Yuck... Please note this picture was taken AFTER the topping was placed on the apples and baked for 30 minutes. Everything... melted and dropped into the apples... 

My only conclusion is that this lady's recipe is flawed... I mean how wrong can you go with three ingredients? So I'm out a bag of apples, lots of sugar, and a little bit of my pride... 

Will I EVER be able to make a pie successfully?

1 comment:

  1. Oh no! The recipe looks right. Did you use margarine spread instead of stick margarine of stick butter? If yes that would have caused your watery mess as margarine spread has a larger moisture content.