Thursday, May 5, 2011

Home Made Apple Pie

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I didn't realize it was Cinco de Mayo for a while today. So to celebrate, why not a good old fashion American delight?
I like to do things that require the least amount of ingredients! I found some recipes online and had some fun with them in making apple pie.

What you'll need:
  • 2 Mixing Bowls (one for the crust and one for the filling)
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Dough Blender
  • Cutting Board
  • 9 inch Pie Pan

Pie Filling:
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
  • Freshly ground nutmeg, to taste
  • 7 medium apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

Mix together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. In another bowl, sprinkle apples with the juice of 1 lemon and toss. Stir in the sugar mixture to evenly coat the apples.
**I found that thinner apple slices are better. They're better in the texture after baking and look more like a classic apple pie. Also, the more tart the apple is, the better. I recommend using Granny Smith apples.

Pie Crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • I teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons ice water

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

In a large bowl mix the flour, salt and sugar. Then using a dough blender to mix in the butter, shortening and ice water.

Next, chill the dough.
**Great time to make the pie filling!

After the dough has chilled, cut it into two halves. One will be for the top and the other for the bottom. Set aside one half and roll out the other until it is about 1/8th of an inch thick.

Here’s the tricky part. Once you have rolled out one half of the dough, wrap it around the rolling pin to transfer it to the pie pan. Unwrap it into the pan. Shape and fit the dough into the pans making sure it covers the bottom and sides of the pan well. Take a fork and poke holes in the bottom of the pie crust so it cooks evenly.
**I found out this tip after I made my first pie. Saves in time and mess and it's super easy!

Now put the filling into the pie crust. Roll out the other half of the pie crust. You can do any sort of pattern you want with the crust. My lattice work isn't the best but practice makes perfect. We’re almost ready to bake!
**If you want to do an over under (lattice) crust, use a straight edge when you cut so your strips don't look like mine when you're done :)

Before you bake the pie, take tin foil and cover the edges of the pie. This makes sure the edges don’t burn. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown. Take off the tin foil 10 minutes before the pie is done.

And just like that, you have homemade apple pie!

Filling, Crust

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Jordan McCollum said...

Awesome job—way better than my fruit crisp! Looks delicious!

They call me grandma said...

The pie looks wonderful.

My grandmother always made the best pies and I love to practice--though after almost 40 years I still have not perfected the pie. Sometimes when the sale is great--like $3.99--I let Marie (Callender) do the preparation for me, I transfer the unbaked pie to my pie dish and bake. I've been told I bake a wonderful pie, you never know when Marie helps or I've done it myself!!

Keep up the good work, soon you will be better than grandma.

The Scrappy Cottage said...

Yumm!!! Unlike my grandmother I still can not make a pie crust. I just grab the ready made one and add the filling. Godd for you on getting that crust down. Looks great.....

Just Jaime said...

Looks great! When are you baking this for me?

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