"Best pie I ever ate," says Goomp. Hats off to Miss Farmer.
The eyes have it. Apple of our eye, easy as pie. It doesn't get any better. Update during imail this evening with our pastry consultant:
We: Can you tell the difference between Crisco and lard/butter?
She: To be honest, taste-wise, no, BUT . . . eye-appeal-wise, yours was the most beautiful pie I have ever seen.
We: Does it have to do with not putting the brown paper over the crust at the start?
She: I NEVER put the brown paper bag (with eye-holes cut out :-) ) at the very start. Once the pie has been baking for about 30 minutes, and the edges of the crust appear to be browning too soon . . . That's when I go for the brown paper bag.
We had used strips of aluminun foil during the last 15 minutes or so to the same effect.