Pie #11 Rudy's Pie

Pie #11: Apple Crumble

My nephew Rudy requested my classic apple pie for his 17th birthday, so that is what I delivered. This is a recipe I found in a More magazine over three years ago, which I like it because it includes vanilla and lemon zest in the filling. I prefer Granny Smith apples; their tart, crisp flavor makes this pie special. The simple crumble topping of sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter was discovered on the Epicurious site. The crust and topping on Rudy's pie got a bit singed in the oven, but that's what makes each pie unique. With a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream, I hope this filled Rudy's birthday with warmth!

On the Shumate side, I have seven nephews and nieces. My two boys bring the grandkid number to nine. I was the first to have babies, and then my sister quickly followed. I will never forget rushing down to Decatur after Tucker was born. After they brought him home, he wasn't looking right, so the doctor wanted him back in the hospital in order to be safe. He just needed a few tests and fluids, but when I saw that tiny baby in the big hospital crib I felt a fierceness that I had never known. This was my blood, my sister's baby, my family, my heart. I embraced this similar feeling with the subsequent births of each nephew and niece. I have read book after book, told mermaid stories, held small hands as we crossed streets, played silly pool games, watched endless baseball and soccer games, endured McDonald's play places, and gazed with amazement at these fabulous human beings whose blood is my blood. My love for them is primal and intense and all-consuming. Whatever pies they request, I will bake!
"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." ~ Jane Howard, Families