Do you think of apple pie as a summer or fall food? Or both? Even though apple season is in the fall, I will always associate apple pie with summer and more specifically with the Fourth of July. Back when Ben and I were first living together and I was just learning how to cook and bake, I woke up one Fourth of July and decided I needed to make an apple pie to celebrate the holiday. I don’t know if there is any real reason for the connection between Independence Day and apple pie – maybe the expression, “As American as apple pie”? Or more likely for me, maybe the line from Friends, “It’s like Fourth of July with no apple pie…or Friday with no two pizzas.”
Ever since the first time I made it, Ben has declared my apple pie to be his very favorite kind of pie (though I think it may now be edged out by pecan instead). I’ve tweaked the recipe and tried many filling variations over the years, and this is the version I’ve come to favor. I personally prefer Granny Smith apples only in my pies, but you can use a combination of baking apples if you choose. I normally make apple pies with a lattice top but I thought a star-covered version would be fun for the Fourth and I loved the way it turned out. This would be a great way to finish off any cookout this holiday weekend – just don’t forget the vanilla ice cream!