November 22, 2013 at 12:48pm
This Newbery award winning book has been a classic for over fifty years. It's an interesting choice for Thanksgiving, because it shows the Puritan life in Connecticut as seen through the eyes of a girl whose colonial life had been very different. Forced to leave the luxury, warmth, and more easy going atmosphere of the Caribbean following the death of her father, young Kit Tyler must come to terms with the rigours of New England living.
Colonial familes dried fruit for use when fresh was no longer available. They even made pies out of dried apples and berries. This pie is great for kids who want to contribute to the Thanksgiving table. Older kids can handle the heating or you can heat the apples and give younger kids the cooled product. No knives are involved so younger kids can safely participate.
1 quart died apples, or schnitz, the real kind, not the snack kind
1 quart water
Add both to a heavy saucepan, bring to a boil, then simmer, and cook until soft, about 25 minutes.
Juice of ½ lemon
Add juice and 1 cup sugar.
You can add nutmeg or cinnamon to taste if you please.
1 tablespoon cornstarch, combined with:
2 tablespoons sugar
Add to the apples and heat until thick about 2 or three minutes..
1 tablespoon butter, added to apples
Cool then add to pie prepared crust. ( you're own or store bought )
You can leave the top crust plain or lattice, crimp, or decorate it with leaves or apple cuts-outs from extra crust. Just be sure you cut three slashes in the upper crust for steam to rise. You can use a dinner knife.
Bake 45 to 50 minutes at 350 til golden. Serve hot or cold with or without all the usual apple pie accompaniments.