Make Evan Kleiman’s apple pie recipe from The Simpsons

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"The Simpsons" aired its 636th episode this past Sunday, breaking Gunsmoke’s record for most episodes of a scripted primetime series. The historic episode featured Homer Simpson’s memories of his mother’s apple pie recipe, which belongs to none other than Evan Kleiman! Here’s our Q&A with her on how the whole thing went down.

How’d it happen?

I ended up meeting longtime "Simpsons" producer Richard Sakai in Italy, pretty randomly. I ended up catering several parties at his house, including Thanksgiving and Simpsons writing staff poker game nights.

But the idea to use my recipe didn’t actually come from Richard. The idea first came up in the notes session, following a cast read of the episode. Creator Jim Brooks thought it would be a fun Easter egg to show an actual pie recipe during the montage. Jim is also a fan of Good Food, so he suggested we ask if I’d be interested providing a recipe.

But when I got the email through KCRW asking if I’d like to contribute a pie recipe to the show I thought it was a prank. I almost didn’t answer!

Do you watch "The Simpsons?"

I’ve been a fan of the show forever. Way back in the early ’80s, I remember an art exhibit Matt Groening had in the hair salon above my restaurant Angelli Cafe on Melrose. There’s a tattoo parlor there now. That might have even been pre-"Simpsons!"

What’s the story behind the recipe?

Apple Pie is my favorite childhood pie and I’ve been tinkering with my recipe for it since I was a teenager. I really focused on getting it where I wanted it to be when I shot a video for Craftsy, which is a huge teaching platform. I continue to make the pie a few times a year and always eat it for breakfast or for dinner! Not dessert, actual dinner because why waste calories on something leading up to what I really want?

The public side of my engagement with food, besides my restaurant-based work, has always seemed so fortuitous and random. I’ve written a handful of books, taught countless classes, and had a great time doing so. But having this recipe featured on The Simpsons is the apotheosis of random and one of the coolest things to happen in my career so far.

Courtesy of The Simpsons/Fox. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

For more baking/cooking/life tips from Evan Kleiman, visit her website.