Nothing screams cheerful indulgence more than a piece of Apple Pie topped with Maple whipped cream.
Fall is almost gone and good ol’ winter is upon us. However I love apples and have hoarded some, whenever I find them at a reasonable price when they were in season. Apple can keep well for months in the Frigidaire ready tobe used, when I need them.
I love the snow, just to look through the window. Still fresh in my mind, when my son was a small boy, watching him slid on the snow using his snowboard fearlessly, showing off his [scared to death and screaming at the top of her lungs telling her son to take it easy] mom, how high and fast he could slide down from the top of the hill and also building the snow man together. Then as he became a young boy, he made a business out of the snow. The boy got himself a sturdy snow shovel and started to go door to door around the neighbors asking to shovel their drive ways. At times he would stay out shoveling snow all morning and back home shivering, but full of smile, breaming with joy with pocket full of cash saying, "Mom! Look, how much I made." You got to leave it to the Mammon to make any heart young or old leap with joy.
While counting his cash, bubbling with enthusiasm and recounting who were the generous and who were the miser neighbors [I know very well my son that not only his muscles, but also equaly his charm compelled some of the generous neighbors to dig deep to their wallets], I would quickly whipped up some warm and gooey goodness adding more smile to his handsome face. He always said, “Thanks mom, you’re the best!” Music to my ears. Wow! Time flies, indeed. Now a man in his mid 20s. – the way he is turning out tobe a fine young man with all the ups and downs of raising a son as a single mom, I think , I must have done something right.
A homemade whipped cream is by far tastes infinitely better than aerosol cans or tubs of fake whipped topping sold at stores. I whipped the cream to soft peaks with maple syrup [not too sweet] simply delicious. You may flavor your homemade whipped cream as your fancy strikes with liqueurs, citrus fruit zests and spices, customized it to taste and serve it with Waffles, pancake and cakes etc.
Whipped cream is best served immediately, but you can make it in advance and refrigerating it. When ready to serve, continue whipping the cream to medium peaks.
To bake the apple pie, I used 4 different type of apples, which are half tart and half sweet apples like Granny smith, Fuji, gala and golden delicious. No sugar added, just a touch of cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg still delicious.
And the secret to that crispy and flaky pie crest is keeping the pie crest chilled and while rolling the crust make sure the butter not get warm and being absorbed by the pie crest.