Yesterday was my birthday so please forgive me if this is a day late. My wife and I spent the weekend in San Antonio as gadflies on the River Walk. There were lots of drinks and laughs and just all-around good times. I also enjoyed the salutations from a bunch of my friends and family via Facebook. Those were like a bunch of little presents. They were very much appreciated.
However, my week has been tinged with a bit of sadness as well. As I wrote in my earlier blog, our cat Fuzzle has gone missing. And now, a week to the day after she disappeared, our other cat, Ginger, has also disappeared. I’ve spent the week wandering our neighborhood calling out to both cats and even wandering into the wooded areas that we have around our house and in the neighborhood. There is no sign of them and I can already tell this is going to be one of those life mysteries where we will probably never know what happened to either of them. It’s sad. They were beautiful and awesome cats. After I got home today, I put away their food and water dishes. And we’ve already moved their cat perch into the garage, along with their toys. *Sigh*
Pie number 46 is a basic Pear and apple pie. I didn’t want to go through the effort of making pie dough today so I just bought a couple of ready-made crusts.
4 peeled, sliced and cored pears (or 1 can pear quarters)
4 peeled, sliced and cored apples (or 1 can sliced apples)
½ cup of brown sugar
¼ cup of granulated sugar
¼ cup of flour (preferably all-purpose)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
a pinch of salt
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tbsp. light cream (or you can use half and half)
1 tsp. granulated sugar
Pre-heat oven to 325F. Thaw your ready made crusts. One will be the top of your pie.
Combine the sliced apples with the sliced pears, brown sugar, and one-quarter cup of sugar in a large bowl. Also throw in the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
Pour the apple and pear mixture into pie pan. Dot the top with butter.
On a floured surface, roll out other dough into a 12 inch circle and transfer to top of the pie. Seal the crust and cut slits into the top. Brush the top with cream. Sprinkle a bit of sugar on top.
Bake for 50 minutes and cool for an hour. At 30 minutes you may want to check on the pie as the cream and sugar on top will darken the dough considerably. I recommend covering the top in foil after 30-35 minutes.
It’s an easy and quick recipe and tastes pretty good. I recommend a scoop of vanilla ice cream with it.
Good night girls. I miss you both:(