Having left home at an early age, the only way to enjoy things like my mother used to make was to make them myself. The first step was to buy a Betty Crocker cookbook, because that was her favorite. Like learning to swim, I simply jumped into the water. I have had good luck, simply because I select simple items.
The key to any successful cooking or baking is having the proper ingredients. Most are available in Europe (although lack of transfat does affect some results).
I was reminded of this today, because I baked an apple pie. Someone gave my wife a bucket of apples from their tree, and they needed proper use. The first step was a batch of apple sauce. That was easy. Next, I made a pie.
I have made many apple pies in my life, and it has become a family favorite. My wife is a great cook, but has “issues” with baking, since she likes to throw things together. It has taken years to convince her that baking needs careful measurements. She is improving, but I still make the pies.
I have experimented with different recipes for apple pie, but keep coming back to good ol’ Betty. The key to today’s success must be the apples. Although my memory may deceive me, I consider this to be the best I ever made.
I might not share a single slice...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.