Dutch Apple Pie.

Sometimes, pie dreams are thwarted.

Blame climate change. Those finicky seasons which came a couple weeks earlier this summer. They’re to blame. Which, in a way, is true. Because what’s a girl to do when she has flour, butter, sugar, and salt all ready for a blueberry crumb pie, only to find that the wild blueberry trees are unfortunately sans a blueberry harvest? (Or ‘motherload’ as my clearly agri-challenged family likes to call it.)

The obvious answer is ‘check the trees before you make any pie-laden plans.’ That however, requires too much forethought for beach living.

But the great thing about pie is that, if you find yourself with a crust and a streusel topping but without any wild blueberries, literally any fruit can fill the empty place in the pie dish. And while our foraged-intentions fell apart in the blueberry abyss, there’s nothing wrong with substituting a couple store-bought apples in lieu of berries tiny, wild, and blue.

The result is pie, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Recipe on the following page.

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