Tuesday, February 21, 2012

3.1 Pie 2

415926 Like a crumb, delicious -- but enough?
53589 Small and round; adorably miniature
79 (Awfully miniature).

323846 Bit by bit, becoming very little,
26433 So little, 'fore our eye!
8 Fleeting....

32795 Now my perfect hindsight poses,
028 Stridently, my solution--
84 Assemble more.
Midas had our first tournament of the season this past weekend!  The night before Pres Day Quals, I stayed up until early morning out of pure excitement -- because for the first time ever, the rest of the world would get to see what makes this little team of pie-loving ladies so special.

We're a weird bunch this year for sure.  For one, our roster is tiny, and we hardly ever get to scrimmage 7-on-7.  67% of my teammates are brand new to ultimate.  And 100% of our handlers have never handled before.  By all counts, we should be terrible.  But we cultivate a disproportionate amount of swagger for our size and experience.


We ended up placing 7th, beating out all the other B teams and several other A teams at the tournament.  It felt wonderful, especially because we were on our home turf at UCLA, and so many of our friends and families came to support us.  But this is only the beginning for Midas 2012.  We're doing all right, but there's nowhere to go but up.

These apple pie cookies are the perfect symbol for our tiny team -- they're warm and welcoming on the outside, they're spirited and golden on the inside, and once you experience their small-but-mighty flavor, you'll be eager to come back for more.


Whole Wheat Apple Pie Cookies
adapted from the brilliant Annie's Eats

Ingredients
  • 2.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup gin
  • 3 Golden Delicious (of course) apples
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 large egg


Directions

Pour the flour, 2 tbsp sugar, and salt into a large bowl and mix with a fork.


Cut the butter into small pieces and add them to the bowl.


Mash with a pastry cutter until coarse but mixed.


Pour in the gin and 1/4 cup cold water.  Mix until you have a uniformly moistened ball of dough.


Flatten the ball into a disc, cover with saran wrap, and refrigerate for about an hour.


When the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Peel, core, and cut the apples into thin, bite-sized pieces.  Toss with lemon juice to prevent browning.


Pour the cinnamon, allspice, and 1/3 cup sugar into a small bowl and mix with a fork.


In a small bowl, beat the egg with a teaspoon of water.


Line baking sheets with parchment paper and roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface, until about 1/8 inch thick.

Use the mouth of a round cup to cut circles out of the dough.


Arrange half the rounds on the baking sheets and brush with water.


For each pie cookie, coat a small handful of apple slices in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.


Place on top of a dough circle.


Cover with a second dough circle.

Press the edges of the top and bottom dough circles together and crimp with a fork.  Cut little slits into the top with a paring knife.


Brush with the egg wash.


Sprinkle with the remaining granulated sugar.


Bake for about 25 minutes, until light golden brown.


(Make a snack with the leftover egg wash and apples while you wait!)


Serve to teammates, possibly alongside some other treats from Annie's Eats!

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