In honor of my Big Daddy, Rudolf Kremer, who passed away 5 years ago, my mother suggested that the ladies of the family bake his favorite dessert- apple pie. My Big Daddy served in the Air Force during World War II, lived into his 90s, and got to meet his first great grandchild. He liked oysters, chocolate, and Perrier. He wore yellow socks and had many hobbies including beekeeping and wood working.
The apple pie recipe I chose to work with is from Martha Stewart, whose recipes I trust to be really yummy and relatively easy. I also chose to make my own Pate Brisee (pie dough) which sounds hard but really wasn't. Making a pie from scratch isn't as difficult as it might seem, merely time consuming. I'd say that the entire process took about an hour, most of the effort is in the preparation of ingredients and also, depending on the intricacies of your desired, pie crust.
Overall, I loved this recipe. I'd go a little easier on the "zest and juice of 1 lemon" and you definitely don't need 12 Granny Smith apples (I only used about half). Otherwise, this recipe is delicious and super easy. I also really love the idea of starting a tradition in which we remember family and friends by cooking their favorite things. What a beautiful, comforting way of remembering our loved ones.