Tasty Tuesday the day after Christmas brings us a delicious pie recipe from military romance author Judythe Morgan. I don’t there’s anything better than some warm apple pie, whether for dessert or for breakfast. Take it away, Judythe!
Those of us with a military background know how much you can miss home cooking. It’s the recollection of tasty home cooked meals that get us through our days away. Plus, the occasional care package filled with goodies from home.
If you’re serving a hardship tour and eating rations, MREs, or mess meals, the memory of home cooking becomes even stronger.
Lieutenant Colonel David Sands, the hero in my newest release Until He Returns is completing his final hardship tour before retirement. His favorite home cooked dessert is apple pie, which is not easy to include in a care package.
Even the most well packed goodies can end up as crumbs in their journey to APO and FPO addresses. Think cookie crumbs.
Shirley, David’s girlfriend (though she’s not willing to admit that status just yet) thinks apple pie crumbs probably wouldn’t taste as good as cookie crumbs. David agrees.
She offers to send small, fried apple pies, but David doesn’t care for those treats. He prefers the flaky piecrust of a realio-trulio apple pie. As a compromise, Shirley promises a big, juicy apple pie for his first meal back home.
Here’s Shirley’s Apple Pie recipe:
In a small bowl, combine
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Next, slice and peel enough tart apples for 6 to 7 cups. Place apples in a large bowl, and then toss with one tablespoon of lemon juice and the sugar mixture.
Shirley also makes her own pie crust using this recipe.
In a bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour and 3/4 teaspoon salt.
Next, cut in 2/3 cup shortening until crumbly.
Gradually add 6 to 7 tablespoons cold water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.
Divide the dough into 2 balls, being sure one is larger than the other.
Roll larger ball to fit a 9×10 inch pie pan. Trim dough to edge of the pie pan.
Add the apple filling.
Roll out the second ball to fit over the filled pie pan, or cut into strips and create a lattice top.
Before baking, beat one large egg white until foamy and brush over pastry. Sprinkle with sugar. Cover edges loosely with foil.
Bake the pie at 375°. After 25 minutes, remove the foil and bake an additional 20-25 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy a tasty treat.
Months after David’s return from deployment, Shirley prepares another unique apple pie for him and it’s even more special than his homecoming pie.
You can read all about that pie in Until He Returns, Book 3 of the PROMISES Series. The four book series tells the stories of two men and one woman who met at Eighth Army Headquarters, Yongsan, South Korea in the sixties. Their chance encounter bound them together forever. The series chronicles their lives from the turbulent Vietnam War years through the decades that followed. (Note: each book in the PROMISES series is a complete story and can be enjoyed without the others.)
UNTIL HE RETURNS
PROMISES, Book 3
Shirley Carlson’s husband has been MIA in Vietnam for decades. She’s filled her life with family, friends, her business, and David Sands’ companionship. Now David wants more. Only she wants her husband home and buried before she moves forward with another relationship.
David Sands has loved Shirley for years, patiently waiting for her to come to terms with her husband’s death. After one last assignment to the Middle East, he’s retiring from the Army. All he wants is Shirley at his side, as his wife. He proposes before he deploys.
Will Shirley make a commitment without closure to her past, or will she watch her new love walk away?
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Award-winning author Judythe Morgan has worn many hats. She’s an Air Force daughter, Army wife, one time-Department of Army Civilian, a mother, a grandmother, antiques dealer, teacher/ administrator, former mayor’s wife, and, sometimes, church pianist.
Those experiences have made her life full, her stories authentic, and her characters vivid. Her belief in true love, second chances, and forgiveness means her stories have a happy ending.
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I do love a good apple pie! Sounds like a delicious recipe worth keeping right along with the story Judythe shared. What’s your favorite kind of pie?
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