I saw a post on the King Arthur blog a few months ago and had one of those Homer Simpson “Doh!” moments. They were baking peach pies in a cast iron skillet. Such a brilliant idea! Of course, I needed to buy a smaller cast iron skillet than the one I already had. Fortunately, they’re not too expensive.
Pie baked in a cast iron skillet is great. The crust gets brown and crispy and the depth of the pan is equivalent to a deep dish pie pan, so you don’t have to worry about those recipes that make too much filling.
I had Zestar apples and plums from the Bloomington Farmer’s Market. I thought they might make a good combination for pie. I found a recipe online. The only change I made was to substitute some Calvados for some of the lemon juice.
The combination of apples and plums was taste AND pretty!
I noticed while I was writing this that King Arthur’s most recent blog posting is a recipe for an apple cake made in a cast iron skillet. This time I’m ready.