Have I burned you out on asparagus recipes? 

Just as well because the asparagus in my bed is almost done for this season.  We will “put it to bed” by weeding the bed, adding a deep layer of compost and letting the shoots flower and turn into the foliage that will feed next year’s crop. There is a noticeable difference in the yield when we do not add compost so feed your asparagus bed well and it will return the favor.
Today’s recipe is one my friend makes when entertaining. It is quick, especially if you use a store-bought crust. If you have your own favorite pie crust recipe, certainly use that.  This would be a good dish to take to any kind of Memorial day gathering and, although apples are not in season here on Crow Mountain, they are easily bought. I imagine one could even use dried apples.  Feel free to add raisins, toasted walnuts or any other addition your family enjoys.  Served with a good brand of vanilla ice cream, it’s a dessert that can’t be beat!

1  package pre-made pie crust
5 cups apples, peeled and sliced
1/3 to 2/3 cup sugar (depending on how sweet the apples are) plus one tablespoon for the top crust
2 Tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Sprinkle of salt
3 Tablespoons butter, cut into medium dice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Separate the pie crusts but keep in refrigerator or freezer until ready to fill and bake.  In a large bowl, mix apples, sugar flour, cinnamon and salt.  Pour mixture into the bottom crust.  Dot with the butter.  Cover the pie with the second layer of pie crust either by putting in on whole and cutting slits in it to let the steam release or by cutting in into strips and making a lattice top. (This last will make a prettier pie but does take a few minutes longer. If you do this put the strips about 1/2 inch apart in both directions. Pinch the edges together with the bottom crust. Sprinkle top with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for about one hour but check it after 40 minutes to see if the crust is getting too brown.  If the top becomes too brown, cover pie with aluminum foil or parchment and continue baking.

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