Each year, Martha's brother, George Christiansen, uses blueberries he froze during the summer to make a delicious blueberry pie for the family Thanksgiving table. To freeze your own blueberries for use throughout the year, place fresh berries in a single layer on a baking pan, and freeze until hard. Transfer the frozen berries into a resealable plastic bag, and freeze until ready for use.
Many cooks are intimidated by pastries and pies, thinking they'll make a mistake with the dough and ruin the recipe. The fact is, most of the errors that cause problems are easily preventable, and achieving perfection is simply a matter of mastering some basic techniques. This recipe will help ensure great results.
A homemade apple pie is definitely a labor of love -- what better reason to make one? If this is your first attempt, don't worry if the crust has a tear or two; the pie will still be juicy and delicious. Pie-making just takes a little patience -- but watching your friends and family enjoy the results makes it all worthwhile.
To garnish the pie with candied apple peel, toss strips of apple peel with sugar, and arrange them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Heat the oven to 400 degrees, turn it off, and place the baking sheet in the oven to sit overnight.