[Details on the Pillsbury pie crust prize pack giveaway pack at the bottom of this post. This giveaway closed as of 10/26/10 at 9:00 pm EDT]
I live in apple country here in the Northeastern part of the US (central Massachusetts) so I am situated in the middle of many thousands of acres of apple orchards the year round. In the spring we are surrounded by the most beautiful white flowering trees who later bless us by their sweet and tart bounties. We usually go and make an afternoon of picking apples in the fall.
As a fun way to celebrate the fall, I have been given this neat pack of tools and ingredients one can use to make a splendid apple pie by Pillsbury and MyBlogSpark. (I received the sample pack for free but was under no obligation to write about my experience with these products).
Pie crust can be a challenge for beginning cooks but that should not completely bar you from making an amazing pie for your upcoming holiday dinners (impress the in-laws! your mom!). I have tried the cheap store brand crusts and have always been let down. Having received this free pack, I tried the premium Pillsbury crusts and can report a real, honest, qualitative difference between store brand and Pillsbury. If you are not going to make your own, give these a try, let me know if they work out for you.
In the prize pack, which I am giving away to one entrant in the contest shown at the bottom of this post, one gets:
- Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts
- set of measuring cups
- apple corer/slicer
- apple timer
- red apple shaped trivet
- pot holder
- pie plate
I am going show how I made this delicious pie below!
Pre-heat your oven to the temperature recommended on the package.
Allow your Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts to come to room temperature (about 15 minutes on the counter top) and then carefully un-roll one of the crusts. Put that crust on the bottom of your pie plate.
I added a pie bird because a) I have one and b) I thought it would look neat with it.
Add your filling.
Carefully un-roll your second pie crust and prepare it the way you would like. The following illustrates how I did my decorations.
Cut out windows and use extra crust to decorate second layer.
Put the top crust on the pie, brush where the two crusts meet with some egg wash.
Crimp the top and bottom crusts together, not allowing the edge to get too thin (will burn too easily if it does)
Apply an egg wash over the top crust and sprinkle with large chunky sanding sugar crystals.
Bake as recommended for your filling!
Remove and cool some what before serving. – I recommend serving it with a slice of sharp cheddar as we do here in New England.
To enter for a chance to win a Pillsbury pie prize pack (as seen above) you must do at least one of the following and may do all three to enter up to three times:
- Leave a comment below telling me about your family’s most treasured fall harvest tradition
- Tweet about this giveaway with this specific tweet ” I entered to win a Pillsbury Apple Pie prize pack @ Nikas Culinaria visit http://bit.ly/bS6YDQ to enter! #pie #myblogspark RT pls! ” MAKE CERTAIN to comment below to let me know about the tweet
- Blog about this giveaway and about your most treasured fall harvest tradition and then let me know that you blogged it (with valid link) in the comments below
Closing date for this giveaway is 10/26/10 at 9:00 pm EDT
After the contest is closed, I will choose the winner with a random number generator.