Here is my second attempt at getting my black bird to sing. Unfortunately, it was another failure.
I made another apple pie and used my favorite crust recipe. I cut a hole in the crust before I layed it on the top of the filled pie plate where the bird was already in place. I sealed the crust to the bird with a little milk and couldn't resist making my pie nostalgic. It took a long time to cut and weave all those strips for the nest!! Then I brushed on some milk and sprinkled sugar over all. In the pie goes into the oven for a very long stay.
After an hour of waiting for the bird to sing, I had a dark pie and a mushy filling. It still tasted good though! All was not lost. I somehow think I'll be making plenty of apple pies with each a new opportunity to hear the bird sing.