Apple Of My Pie

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There’s something about a warm piece of apple pie with a heaping mound of vanilla ice cream that connects with my soul. In my life, apple pie season is year round. Before I realized how much I enjoy cooking and baking, a standard frozen pie would suffice. While frozen pie is delicious, I’ve realized baking my own was pretty simple and way more rewarding. I have made so many variations of my all time favorite dessert by experimenting with spices and variations of apples. I am constantly on the hunt for the best apple pie ever!

Around Independence Day, I made an apple pie to take with me to a cook out. This pie was a special one for me. It was the first time I had made my own homemade pie crust. Previously I had used a store bought, ready-made crust. It was easy and never failed me but it was time to branch out! I have been perfecting my pie for quite some time, so I effortlessly glided about my kitchen preparing this dish. I took the pie in a glass dish to the cookout and it was a hit! Luckily for me, there was a little bit of pie left over. Jackpot! I had dreams of diving into this last large piece of apple pie, with two scoops of ice cream. There was one hitch to my plan, I had to somehow get the dish and the pie home. I borrowed a canvas bag and made my way to my car. It was a very rainy Fourth of July, and I looked forward to eating pie on my porch the following day.

Unfortunately, my clumsiness got the better of me. As I exited my car attempting to hold my canvas bag and some other luggage all at once, I felt something slowly leave my grasp. Suddenly, I hear a loud POP and the sound of glass shattering. I couldn’t believe it, my pie. Not only my pie but my beloved pie dish! Ruined, everything was ruined. Against my better judgment, I opened the bag to assess the carnage. It was just a cluster of delicious cinnamon apples, pastry, and glass shards. Fantastic. My plans of pie in the sky were foiled by my own hands.

In the end, determination sunk in and I ended up making another pie. I had to practice making the crust anyway, so I took “rotten apple situation” and made apple pie!

Homemade Apple Pie

What you need:

  • Premade or homemade pie crust for 9-inch double crust pie
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 8 apples (4 Granny Smith and 4 Gala) peeled, cored, and sliced

Instructions:
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  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Melt butter in a sauce pan and stir in flour to form a paste.
  • Add water, brown sugar, and white sugar and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the temperature and let simmer, then add nutmeg and cinnamon.
  • Peel, core, and slice your apples place in a bowl and pour lemon juice over the apples.
  • Place the bottom crust in your dish.
  • Fill with your peeled, cored, and sliced apples to form a small mound.
  • Pour sugar and butter liquid over the sliced apples, saving some for later.
  • Cover the apples with lattice work crust (basket weave).
  • Brush remaining sugar butter liquid over the lattice work crust.
  • Bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees, and bake for 35-45 minutes, until apples are soft and crust is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven, allow the pie to cool.
  • Dig in and enjoy! (Preferably with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!)

Cook With Me:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Melt butter in a sauce pan and stir in flour to form a paste.DSC_0800.jpg
  • Add water, brown sugar, and white sugar and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the temperature and let simmer, then add nutmeg and cinnamon.
  • Peel, core, and slice your apples and pour lemon juice over the apples. You can traditionally peel, core, and slice your apples, use a hand crank, or if you’re lucky enough, let the KitchenAid do the work for you!DSC_0796.jpg
  • Place the bottom crust in your dish.
  • Fill with your peeled, cored, and sliced apples to form a small mound.DSC_0797.jpg
  • Pour sugar and butter liquid over the sliced apples, saving some for later.DSC_0807.jpg
  • Cover the apples with lattice work crust (basket weave).
  • Brush remaining sugar butter liquid over the lattice work crust.DSC_0809.jpg
  • Bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees, and bake for 35-45 minutes, until apples are soft and crust is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven, allow the pie to cool.
  • Dig in and enjoy! (Preferably with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!)DSC_0816.jpg

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