What is more American than apple pie, I ask you?
Well, a lot of things, really. Many of them NOT GOOD. But apple pie is one of those gold standard things that gets thrown around all the time in feel good shows and speeches. "Baseball and apple pie" are go-tos for the "ideal American simplicity" of the 50s.
But apple pie really isn't an American construct. Just one that we have somewhat perfected.
So is it un-American to say that I don't like apple pie that much? Now don't get me wrong - I will never ever turn my nose up at a fresh, still warm slice of apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But if I'm given a choice of pies, apple is generally going to be mid to bottom of the list of which one I want.
Why, you might be wondering, did I decide that my double crusted fruit pie should be an apple pie, then? Because I had a ton of apples that needed to get used up!
Have you ever tried to make a gooey caramel center for millionaire shortbreads when it's 90+ degrees and humid out?
I have. Pro-tip: Don't fucking do it.
To be fair, the millionaires came out fucking delicious. But getting the caramel to set took far longer than it had any business taking.
If you are unfamiliar with millionaires, they are a shortbread crust topped with a layer of caramel and then a layer of tempered chocolate. Devilishly simple, extremely tasty - and this recipe is one of the first ones that inspired me to try out some GBBO bakes.