Trisha Yearwood is a busy woman. She’s an incredible singer, a talented chef, and now she’s created her own furniture collection! We caught up with Trisha to ask her a few questions about her latest projects, and we got a delicious apple pie recipe… just in time for the holidays!
Helene: That apple pie recipe looks fabulous—great for any Thanksgiving table, what makes it so special?
Trisha: It’s special because I make it in a cast iron skillet, so it’s a pretty presentation. It’s wonderful because it’s SO easy to make, and it tastes like it took you all day!
Helene: Congratulations on your furniture collection! It’s really very classy—feels balanced and peaceful… how is it a reflection of your own home living? What do you want to convey to people who might purchase the sets?
Trisha: I really “live” in my home. My life is about comfort and ease, and I wanted my furniture collection to feel just that way. I want people to know that this collection of furniture is about quality and beauty, but also function and comfort.
Helene: Trisha you do it all, cooking show, performing, furniture, stepmom, and I know you’ve said Garth makes you laugh and he’s a lot of fun—do you have any down-time? If so, what do you do?
Trisha: I honestly don’t feel that anything I am doing these days is a “job.” You know that saying “if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life”? That’s me. But I do love those days when I can sleep in and make the day whatever I want it to be. On those days, I enjoy a good book, a cup of coffee, and maybe a leisurely hike with my husband. Life is good!
Helene: What are your wishes for people during the upcoming holiday season?
Trisha: I just want us all to be grateful for those we love, to remember those who are still with us in spirit, and to focus on loving one another. (This is also my wish for us every day.)
Trisha Yearwood, Helene Lerner and Garth Brooks
Check out this excerpt from Trisha’s new cook book, Trisha’s Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life.
Mrs. Carter’s Skillet Apple Pie
My mama was born and raised in Willacoochee, Georgia. I spent a lot of my childhood visiting my grandparents, cousins, and friends in that wonderful town. My mama’s maiden name was Paulk, but family included many more than blood relatives. We played with the Tuckers, Granthams, and Carters and considered them all part of our big family. Some of my fondest memories include get-togethers and potlucks where these great southern ladies prepared the mouthwatering foods that inspired me to cook. I’ve known Mrs. Helen Carter my whole life. When I asked her for this recipe, she was almost embarrassed to give it to me because she thought it was too simple. That’s exactly what I love about it! Garth suggested adding in extra cinnamon sugar… smart guy! SERVES 6
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, plus 1 tablespoon melted for crust
2 refrigerated rolled pie crusts (I like Pillsbury)
1 (21-ounce) can apple pie filling
2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Melt the brown sugar and ½ cup of butter in a 9-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat, and cover with one pie crust.
Pour the apple pie filling on top of the crust, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the cinnamon sugar, and cover with the second crust. Brush with the 1 tablespoon of melted butter and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve hot, topped with a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Recipe reprinted from Trisha’s Table by Trisha Yearwood with Beth Yearwood Bernard.
Copyright ©2015 by Trisha Yearwood.
Photos by Ben Fink.
Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.