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A Dish from the U.S.:

Apple Pie

This edition of World Dishes presents an American version of “Mom’s Cooking.” Delicious, freshly-baked apple pie.

Marubeni and the U.S.

Grain export terminal

Columbia Grain, Inc. (established 1978) is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. It is one of the largest handlers of wheat on the West Coast of the U.S., and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marubeni. The company owns extensive grain pick-up facilities within the U.S., as well as an export terminal, which is used to ship grains to more than 70 countries around the world.

Recommendations on Portland —Local Reports from Expats—
An interview with Mr. Kuwano of Columbia Grain, Inc.

A winery visit can be enjoyed like a picnic

Portland is a charming town, imbued with a liberal atmosphere. The city has the odd slogan “Keep Portland Weird,” and the residents really seem to love their hometown. Hippies stroll through the downtown areas, the state sales tax is 0%, and local production for local consumption is promoted with lively Farmer’s Markets held by the local farmers on the weekends. Portland also boasts the world’s largest number of beer breweries within the city limits, and the hip young people gather at the trendy brewery pubs. The suburbs are dotted with wineries. The popular “Oregon Pinot” made from the pinot noir grape variety is well known even in Japan, as the wine served to the Japanese emperor by former President Clinton.

Portland is favored by nature. Within just one hour by car, you can reach the Pacific Ocean to the west, or Mount Hood (called Oregon’s Mt. Fuji) to the east; allowing you to enjoy both sea and mountain in your leisure time.

Apple pie is a homemade dessert that often appears on the tables in local homes, providing an eagerly anticipated after-dinner treat.

How to Make Apple Pie: (Serves 1)

Frozen pie sheet1 sheet (100g)
Apple (your favorite variety)1/2 medium apple
Granulated sugar1 tsp (adjust according to sweetness of the apple)
Egg yolkSmall amount (to add sheen to the crust) (optional)
<How to make>
  1. 1Thaw the pie sheet at room temperature. Cut into 2 pieces.
  2. 2Core and peel the apple. Cut into 5 mm thick wedges.
  3. 3Place one of the pie sheet pieces onto a baking pan lined with bakery paper. Arrange the apple slices on top of the pie sheet.
  4. 4Sprinkle the granulated sugar on the apple slices. Cut the butter into small pieces and distribute the pieces on top.
  5. 5Place the other piece of the pie sheet on top of the pie in step 4. Gently press all around the outer edge to seal. Brush the top surface with the egg yolk to add shine.
  6. 6[Chef’s Tip!] Bake for 10 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 210℃; then, reduce the temperature to 180℃ and bake for another 10 minutes.
    If you use a pie plate, you can make a whole apple pie. For a 24 cm diameter pie plate, multiply the ingredient amounts for one serving by about four.

Cooperating Restaurant

American Club House, Toritsu-Daigaku branch

Tel 03-3725-0787
2-10-1 Nakane, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

*At the shop listed above, you can select a topping sauce (blueberry, raspberry, chocolate, caramel, maple syrup) for your apple pie generously topped with ice cream.

Original article published in our shareholders’ guide “Marubeni” (No.119, Winter 2015)


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