Well, I have managed to completely submerge myself in Fall bliss this year. When we were on our 19 hour (3 day) drive to Dallas from Miami, all I could think about is that I’d have 4 seasons in my life again! This post is extra special because not only does it glorify Fall decor (special thanks to Pottery Barn Southlake), but it’s the celebration of my Maple Bourbon Apple Pie Recipe. It also includes tips on decorating your Thanksgiving tablescape from a Pottery Barn pro.
I’m not saying that I don’t love (and long for) Florida’s crystal clear coast. I do, and I have salt water withdrawals often. But I’m giving myself new reasons to fall in love with Fall this year. Brisk mornings are energizing and warm spices saturate my senses with comfort. This morning I was reading one of my favorite blogs, and I came across this sentence…
“Love changes your eyes, and your eyes change everything. -Beth, Local Milk
I suppose you could interpret that however you like, but what I got out of it is that love (of any kind, for any thing) can change your perspective. And your perspective can change everything.
Pottery Barn Collaboration Post Part 1 of 2
Meet Ruben Rodriguez…
Ruben is a Design Specialist from the Pottery Barn Southlake store. He set the mood and tone for this photoshoot by combing gorgeous fall colors and different textures to the table. Ruben shared with me some simple design tips for setting a stunning table for your Holiday gatherings.
When creating a table scape don’t be afraid to add color and texture with linens and accessories. You can never go wrong with a solid white or ivory color for dinnerware, and add seasonal color by layering in a patterned or brightly colored salad plate. This works great with any event or holiday. Add height to the table by using vases, candle holders, hurricanes etc. Also, incorporate some type of greenery. This will add life to your design and bring the outdoors in.” – Ruben Rodriguez; Pottery Barn Southlake Design Specialist.
This is Part 1 of a Fall Pie Recipes Series with collaboration from Pottery Barn Southlake.
Click here for Part 2.
Maple Bourbon Apple Pie Recipe
The inspiration for this recipe came from the idea of giving new life to traditional Thanksgiving & Fall classics. The combination of molasses from the light brown sugar and maple syrup melt together to create a caramel sauce that coats the apples, making this apple pie recipe a show stopper. Brown butter makes the sauce silky smooth, and the addition of bourbon makes the flavors pop.Just like the addition of red and white wines to stew, braises, etc… the alcohol burns off leaving behind the aged-to-perfection flavors. When you cook with alcohol (wine, beer, spirits), make sure it is one you would actually want to drink. Your pie is only as good as the ingredients you use.
The Apple Filling
In this recipe I used a combination of Jazz and Granny Smith apples to capture both sweet and tart flavors. The secret is to use 4 sweet apples, and 3 tart apples. You can use whatever your favorite is. I am completely obsessed with Pink Lady apples, so generally that is my first choice for a sweet apple. But Gala could work nicely as well. The most important thing is to use whatever is organic, fresh and available to you locally.
Pie Crust Design & Decoration
This could potentially be a two day process depending on how many details you are creating. Once you roll out your top crust dough, you have to let it chill at least 15 min on a parchment paper lined sheet tray. To create braids, use a sharp long knife and a ruler to score 1/4 inch marks in the dough. Cut them straight, then separate them into groups of three (use a bench knife or something similar for assistance moving). Pinch the top to begin the braid and cut off a clean edge at the bottom. A good strategy is to make three pie crusts. Use one for braids, one for cookie cutter shapes and the smallest one for the pie plate. Rotate sheet trays so you can keep working while the other chills. Repeat chilling for 15 minutes at a time as needed.
Prepare the top crust decorations up to 5 days ahead of time. Cover the sheet trays with plastic wrap and store in the refridgerator. When you are ready to bake the pie, all you will need to do is prepare the filling and assemble! Use egg wash as glue to hold on your designs.
*Tip: Press the fruit down firmly so that the crust doesn’t sink when baking. Any air gaps will collapse in the oven.
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