Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ABC Wednesday

We are off on another round and the letter this week is A

I had thought of Aspidistra, as in the greatest in the world a la Gracie Fields.



But when our son from down the hill brought us a beautiful basket of freshly picked Apricots


I decided to don my Apron and make some Apricot pies,  and I will give you the recipe  - anon




But before I do, a word about Aprons.  They have been looked on as practical, humdrum necessities designed for keeping the homemaker clean and tidy, but times are changing and the aprons of today are stylish and pretty and fun to wear.

I was very surprised a few years ago when a gentlemen with whom I am acquainted confided to me that 
.he was quite attracted to ladies in Aprons.

I was not sure if he was referring to this kind of Apron that his mother might have worn when he was a toddler and she was his best girl.



Or if some sophisticated lady had caught his eye in one of these glamorous Aprons


Or perhaps he really had fantasies of naughty French Maids who were costumed thusly.....


In any event, here is the recipe for delicious Apricot Pie

(we had some for lunch)

Find one son who will bring you enough Appetising Apricots to make a Pie

Make your best pie pastry with which to line a 9 inch pie plate

Prepare 6 cups of Apricots by halving them, sprinkling them with 2 tsps of fresh lemon juice, and then incorporate them with the following mixture...

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg

pour the apricots into the bottom crust and decorate with 2 tbsps of butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes

top with the remaining pie crust, crimp to seal and cut slits in the top for vents.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 425 F until golden and bubbly

Sprinkle the top of the pie with 1 tsp white sugar as soon as it comes out of the oven.

If you can't wait for it to cool serve warm with ice cream

while you are enjoying it pop over to ABC Wednesday, here, 
and see what other goodies the letter A has to offer.




25 comments:

signed...bkm said...

Great "A"pricot pie....and I will have to remember the part about the apron...never thought about that.....bkm

Leslie: said...

Oh my, those apricots look deslish! I remember my aunt & uncle had an orchard in Osoyoos and they had the best apricots, peaches, and cherries!

Mara said...

The aprons have me a bit puzzled too. You never asked?

The pie sounds fantastic, I might give it a go!

photowannabe said...

Well now my mouth is really watering. Thanks for the recipe.
The apricots look divine.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, love those apricots and thanks for the recipe! Got to try this one! Lol I haven't worn or even thought about an apron in years! Fun A's for the A Day! Welcome back to the fun! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Barb said...

Oh, Hildred - I had no idea that Charles has an apron fetish! That said, I wish I could sit in your garden, watch the Chinese Lanterns take over, and have a slice of the (warm) pie. Lucinda would like to come, also - she'll wear a little apron to amuse Charles.

Dimple said...

Yum! I like the old fashioned aprons; I was wearing one today as I was canning! Nothing better for keeping the stuff off your clothes.

Beverley Baird said...

Great post for A!
Love the aprons and the recipe for apricot pie! Yummmm!

Gayle said...

Aprons have made a quite comeback with all the new flirty designs. Makes me want to cook just to wear one.... almost.

Tumblewords: said...

The aprons are a fun item but the apricots really grabbed my heart! How gorgeous they are and the pie looks mouthwatering. Oh, I wish, I wish I had a piece of apricot pie.

Jama said...

those aprons are so pretty! but my eyes are stuck on that basketful of apricots! lol

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this entertaining post! Your photos are great and you can write very well. It's always a pleasure to visit you. Thanks for your visit. The last part of my story was made up by me.Sorry.

RuneE said...

If you have some leftovers from that cake...

BTW I associate aspidistras with photography - they seem to have been the favourite flower in the old days when portraits were taken beside a flower on a pedestal.

Roger Owen Green said...

Please send one 9or more) apricot pie to:

Roger Green...:-)

ROG, ABC wednesday team

nonizamboni said...

Lovely addition to ABC Wednesday and many thanks for the recipe. Sometimes you'll find me in the supermarket at the apricot section just sniffing. . .

jabblog said...

What a lovely post! The apricots look wonderful, far better than the poor specimens we see - they are my husband's favourite fruit.
The aprons are great - I've never been an apron wearer apart from the first couple of years of marriage - I don't know why!

Wanda..... said...

...and I wish I could accompany Barb on her visit with you, Hildred! :) The apricots look perfect and delicious!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Great choices for A. The apricots look so delicious and thanks for the recipe. I shall look out my pretty apron when I bake it. A x

VioletSky said...

I love old aprons and often seek them out at jumble sales and antique shops!

mmm, apricots... juicy.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Apricots are my favourite fruit and that pie has me drooling over it.

Joy said...

The pie looks delicious, I hope you were wearing your apron when baking:-).

Hildred and Charles said...

Oh Barb, you are perceptive, and I wish you could all come and have a nice warm piece of apricot pie with ice cream along with Lucinda and Barb. And you can all wear aprons, which I am sure will delight the gentleman who thinks they are fetching. You too, Roger....

Thanks for dropping by..

EG Wow said...

Wow! Those glamorous aprons are gorgeous but they would not look the same on me. :(

Leo said...

very tasty pie.. the picture itself looks yummy! :D

mrsnesbitt said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Am hungry now!


Thanks for this wonderful collection.

denise
ABC Team