Who was the person to use the phase "it's as easy as baking a pie" and knew what they were talking about? All I can say is that they do not have a clue.
Baking a pie can be easy. If you have the ingredients, know a good filling recipe and have time... lots and lots of time. But, I have realized that making a pie does not mean you have to create the dough yourself, or make a mess in the kitchen. Here is my favorite apple pie recipe that anyone can make and make it theirs.
By 2 pie shells frozen (but leave them on the counter for 1/2 before filling)
4 apples, pealed and thin sliced (the thinner the better as they cook faster)
1 cup of brown sugar (loose packed)
pinch of salt
zest of lemon
mint (if you choose)
pinch of cinammon
1 egg yolk with a drop of water and 1/2 tsp of sugar
Take a large ziploc bag and place in all your ingredients. Seal the bag and shake it well. Leave it in the fridge overnight. Take out along with your pie shells 1/2 before preparing pie. Then take the filling, place in one pie and use the second to over the pie. Cut out a few shapes if you wish for decoration. Then dust pie with some water.
Place in the over at 350 for 40 minutes. Keep an eye on the pie. Take out when you see it start to turn away from white color and brush lightly with the egg glaze. Place back in over to complete cooking.
Leave out for a 1/2 before serving. YUM YUM YUM!!!