Each fall, we have an apple pie contest at the market. I submitted my favorite apple pie last year. It looked beautiful, but I was having trouble with my oven, and it didn't taste nearly as good as it looked. I didn't win a prize, no surprise.
This year I feel like I have to redeem myself. I have found some workarounds to get the results I want from my oven, and I'm trying again, this time with a new recipe. I've made this pie once to rave reviews. But can I repeat it?
|Is it a winner?|
Then I got an invitation to a dinner meeting for Purple Porch shareholders, and they are having an apple pie contest. So I thought, why not? I went back to the store for more Cox's Orange Pippins. But they, too, were not to be had anymore.
I started reading labels, and what did I find? Be still my heart -- Roxbury Russets! Too good to be true, but there they were, staring up at me in all of their russeted beauty! So I bought enough for another two pies. Mixing the two apples in each of the pies will only make them better!
If you live around Mishawaka / South Bend, it is worth the trip to Martin's. I'm not sure if they are carrying these antique apples at all of their stores. Call first, or mosey on out to the Martin's just east of Capital on Lincoln Way East. But you had better get there fast. There are people in the "apple know" snapping up these flavorful fruits.