Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tourte Reform

My dad loves his cherry pie, and I usually make him one for his birthday. This year, I decided to shake things up by doing an apple tourte. This version is based on a recipe from Dorie Greenspan's Baking, and features a sweet, crumbly crust and a chunky, cooked apple filling that includes ground almonds, raisins, vanilla, and apple cider. While the initial effort was good, I found the filling a little dry.
Since part of learning from baking successes and failures, I was determined to try it again. I cooked the apples a little less and left more liquid in the filling. I also didn't pre-bake the bottom crust as instructed in the recipe. The end result was much better than my first effort.
(Recipe to follow.)


Carrie said...

Does it bother you that I just put a comment on almost every posting?


This pie looks really good! I think you should have an apple pie making contest with Amy, that would be fun! So far, Amy's apple pie is the best tasting apple pie I've ever had. She gave Sam 2 pieces the other day and I quickly ate my share. The next day while Sam was at work, I ate his share except 2 bites. Oops! I was too proud to call Amy and ask for more. ha ha ha ha ha!

cathy said...

I'm not sure I want to get into a pie -making death match with Amy. She's awesome!