I agree that apple pie is true comfort food. I love the way the apples fall apart when you bite into them. Sometimes I will bite into a bitter apple, but that doesn't bother me. I, like you, usually have a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. I think that this may be a strictly New England thing, but I love to have sharp cheddar cheese melted on the pie before I eat it. If you haven't tried it yet, I encourage you to do so!