If you have an October birthday, it is well within reason that your birthday cake be a pie. Though really, you should have multiple desserts, and one of them should be pie. Sarah, my other roommate, decided to take the apples from Honeypot Hill last weekend and bake up a birthday pie for Julie.
Though she is embarrassed about it, in the interest of time and getting it out of our freezer, Sarah used a ready-made pie crust. She peeled and chopped about six apples, some medium some small. Half of the apples were a red-skinned variety and half were green.
She tossed the apple slices in a mixture of 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 3/4 sugar, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons of flour.
She placed the sliced apples in the unbaked pie crust.
In my opinion the use of frozen pie crust mattered even less in this case because this was not a double-crusted pie, it was an apple crumb pie. For the topping, Sarah combined 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed and 1/2 cup flour with 3 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter. When the butter is broken down and the mixture is sufficiently crumbly, it is ready to top the apples.
After topping the apples, Sarah covered the pie with the pie crust shield and put in a 350 degree oven to bake for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, remove the shield and continue to bake for another 20 minutes.
Behold, a mound of warm, sizzling apples and buttery, golden brown topping.
We enjoyed the pie with its necessary counterpart, vanilla ice cream.
Oh yes. Happy Birthday Julie.