I hope everyone has a happy Valentine's Day, whether you're in love with someone special or just wallowing in bitterness.
I don't have any good Valentine's Day-related recipes, but this recipe for Soda Cracker Pie is one of my favorite desserts to make, so I guess it counts. This stands to this day as our friend Liz's favorite thing I've ever made. it started out as a basic soda cracker pie recipe that my mother gave me, but I added a layer of reduces fruit that I rotate each time I make it - apples, strawberries, raspberries, whatever. It ended up getting called Stripper Pie, since I served it to a group of my neighbors one night after they'd all gone to a pole dancing class. Sometimes life is pretty cool.
3 Egg whites
1/2 ts Baking powder
1 c Sugar
1/2 ts Vanilla
1 c Soda crackers (saltines) chopped into crumbs
1 c Chopped pecans
Fruit Layer (I'll use apples as an example, but you can use whatever you like)
4 Apples, cored and diced
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Sugar
1 tblsp Water
2 c Heavy Cream
1 tblsp Vanilla
1 tsp Sugar
Preheat oven to 350
Beat egg whites until stiff. Add the baking powder, then slowly beat in the sugar and add the vanilla. Mix in the crumbs and pecans slowly until everything's combined, then pour into a greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 30 minutes.
For the apples, place in a pot over low heat and add the cinnamon, sugar, and water. Stir frequently and cook for 30 minutes to an hour, as long as it takes to get the consistently you like. The longer you cook, the more mushy the apples will be.
For the whipped cream, add the vanilla and sugar to the heavy cream and beat until solid.
When the pie has cooled, spread the apples over the top. Add whipped cream before serving.
Comic from xkcd.com.