Procrastinating procrastination

5 Apr

Bobby and I have gotten procrastination down to an art. Not only do we cook to procrastinate, we also procrastinate cooking and procrastinate blogging about cooking once we’ve finally done it. Observe:
apples
March 10
C: “Let’s bake apple pie for pi day!”
B: “Okay!”

March 14
C: “I’m kinda tired.”
B: “Yeah, me too. Let’s make pie some other time.”

March 28
B: “Let’s make pie.”
C: “Okay!”
B and C: *make pie…several hours later*

March 29
C: “Let’s blog about pie.”
B: “No, you do it.”
C: “Okay, later.”

March 30
C: “We should blog about pie.”
B: Zzz…
C: “Okay, maybe later.”

April 1
C: *blogs about pie during class* Bobby, I need pictures from your camera.
B: Okay.

April 2
C: Bobby, I need pictures from your camera.
B: Okay. *uploads pictures onto his laptop*

April 3
C: Bobby, I need pictures from your camera.
B: …

April 5
C: Post!
B: Ok I’m done.

So! Twenty-one days after pie was supposed to happen, we present to you apple pie…

pie-cut

Apple Pie (Called “Bobby’s Apple Pie, Lovingly Baked by Mark and Christine” at 2008 MIT Sport TKD Winter Banquet)
Bastardized from Smitten Kitchen

Lattice Crust

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 7 tbsp all-vegetable shortening, diced (don’t think about it…just use it)
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, diced
  • ~10 tbsp ice water

Apple Pie Filling

  • 5 medium Granny Smith apples
  • 1 medium MacIntosh apple (in discussing this blog post, Bobby and I realized why Apple computers are called Macs)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 crapton cinnamon (to taste; other spices including nutmeg and allspice may be used, too)
  • 1 egg white, beaten lightly

For the crust…

Combine flour, salt, and sugar in large bowl. Fold in butter and shortening using a fork or spatula until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Add ice water and knead with your hands until a dough forms. More water may be necessary, but be careful not to make the dough mushy.

Divide dough into two halves and flatten both. Place one disk in a pie tin and cover the other with aluminum foil (what we used) or saran wrap (what we should’ve used). Refrigerate for 45 minutes to an hour while you make the filling.

For the sweet and gooey…

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel, core, and dice all the apples. Combine apples, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon (and other spices, if applicable), flour, and salt in a large bowl and mix until all the apples are covered. Taste testing is highly encouraged. Turn apples into dough-covered pie tin.

cinnamon-apples

Cut the second dough disk into strips and make lattice crust. Smitten Kitchen has an excellent method here.

lattice
making-lattice
finished-lattice

Brush egg white over crust (we just used a fork, but if you have a paintbrush, by all means…). The remaining dough can be used creatively.

egg-and-heart

Place pie on lowest level of oven and bake until crust is golden, about 25 minutes. Lower oven to 375 degrees, rotate pie, and bake until the juices bubble, about another 30 minutes. Note that at this point, the pie filling is extremely hot. We know you want to eat it, but for the love of your tongue please let your pie cool!

pie

Serves between 1 and 8, depending on slice size and selfishness factor.

Length of procrastination: 2.5 hours

Ways to prolong procrastination: Bake the pie in a dorm kitchen instead of in Bobby’s kitchen. Run between the kitchen in the basement and Christine’s room on the third floor every five minutes to retrieve forgotten ingredients or utensils.

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