The group of friends I made on Bounty will always be with me even if we are miles apart, we bonded over a shared love of the ship. Every few years a group of us gets together for some event, recently it’s been weddings, but other times it’s more casual, we just happen to be in the same location. The first occasion that we all got together after not having seen each other since departing Bounty was unfortunately at her memorial, she sank off the coast of North Carolina in 2012. My husband and I flew to Massachusetts, we stayed with a friend’s family, one of the nights we were just hanging out and reminiscing about the boat and I happened to be spying on my friend’s dad as he made dinner.
One dish in particular caught my eye, I could tell even from afar that the measurements were simple but were going to yield something magical. A stick of butter, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of flour, 1 egg and a pinch of salt. That’s it, melted, mixed together and poured over sliced apples dusted with cinnamon. Not only is the beauty of this pie in its simplicity but in the combinations of textures, at the bottom is cooked apples, followed by a soft cakey layer and topped off with a little crispy crunch from the sugar granules. It’s great served with vanilla ice cream, but even better yet, homemade cinnamon ice cream.