Nothing Beats Apple Pie

Homemade Apple Pie

Ok folks it’s holiday time and while it’s super exciting and filled with family and friends it’s also filled with many….many…MANY cheat days. And you know what, that’s ok, everybody deserves to treat themselves, especially during the holiday season.

One of my all time favorite desserts for Thanksgiving is the classic apple pie. I’m talking REAL apple pie not Mrs. Smith’s or Sara Lee,but real homemade crust with pockets of butter explosions and apples that you personally sliced and seasoned. I’m such a believer in tasting the love in food and with a homemade apple pie from the rootie to the tootie, there’s nothing but love inside!

IMG_2510Now, because I live in NYC and have…let’s just say…a cozy kitchen, it’s hard to have storage for a lot of fun kitchen gadgets. Luckily over the holidays I was with my family in roomy VA where I can use all my sister’s fun kitchen accessories. The apple peeler slicer seriously saves me at least an hour of peeling and slicing the apples. I highly suggest it if apple pies are a staple in your household. It gives your apple slices consistency and gives your hands a much needed break from slicing and dicing. One of these days I’ll have a kitchen large enough for me to have these cool kitchen extras, until then…thanks sis!

 

 

For the crust – mix the flour, salt, and sugar in a medium size bowl. Add in the cubed chilled butter and mix in a food processor or with a pastry blender until mixture resembles crumbly corn mill. It’s extremely important that your butter is nice and cold. This is when those explosions come in that I was talking about. :) Slowly add in the cold water until the mixture just starts to stick together. Set this aside and prepare a working surface sprinkled with flour. Remove your dough from ether your food processor or from your bowl and form two balls of dough. This will serve as your top and bottom layer for your pie. Cover both dough balls in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. Once your dough has chilled, prepare a new floured working space and roll the dough out about 1 inch thick and lay the first layer into your 9 inch pie pan.

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For the filling – peel the apples and toss in a large bowl with the spices, sugars, and lemon juice. Allow the apples to set in the mixture for 30 minutes. During this time, the apples and spices will create the most delicious juice for the pie! Once the 30-40 minutes has passed, transfer the apples into a strainer over the large bowl for the juice to drain. Allow the apples to strain for 45 minutes. Once the time has passed, add the juices from the strained apples to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the 2 tablespoons of butter and cornstarch until the sauce thickens. While the sauce stays on the stove, pour apples into the pie crust and finally top with your thickened apple sauce.

 

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Once your filling has been added to bottom shell, repeat the roll out for the second dough ball and cover your apple filling. Cut away any access dough around the edges, pinch the edge with a fork and add four small slits in the shape of a star in the center of the pie

When everything comes together and out of the oven, your finished product will look a little something like this…but a full pie. My family attacked it before I could capture the full thing! Oh yea, those butter pockets make the flakiest crust and the apples are so cinnamon filled and delicious!

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I hope you enjoy the recipe and can enjoy a glass of vino with your baking buddies as well!

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Nothing Beats Apple Pie
 
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Delicious apple pie that will make your family melt!
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Recipe type: Apple Pie
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 1 Pie
Ingredients
  • For The Crust -
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter (chilled and cubed)
  • ½ cup cold water
  • Apple Filling -
  • 7-8 granny smith apples
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ brown sugar
  • 1¼ tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
Instructions
  1. For the crust -
  2. Mix the flour, salt, and sugar
  3. Add in cubed chilled butter and mix in a food processor or with a pastry blender until mixture resembles crumbly corn mill
  4. Slowly add cold water until the mixture just starts to stick together
  5. Set aside and prepare a working surface sprinkled with flour
  6. Remove dough from ether your food processor or from your bowl and form two balls of dough
  7. This will serve as your top and bottom layer for your pie
  8. Cover both dough balls in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour
  9. Once your dough has chilled, prepare a new floured working space and roll the dough out about ½-1 inch thick and lay into your 9 inch pie pan
  10. Repeat the roll out for the second dough ball and cover your apple filling
  11. Cut away any access dough around the edges, pinch the edge with a fork and add four small slits in the shape of a star in the center of the pie
  12. For The Filling -
  13. Peel the apples and toss in a large bowl with the spices, sugars, and lemon juice
  14. Allow the apples to set in the mixture for 30 minutes
  15. Transfer the apples into a strainer and allow it to set over the large bowl for the juice to run into
  16. Allow the apples to strain for 45 minutes
  17. Add the juices from the strained apples to a saucepan
  18. Stir in the 2 tablespoons of butter and cornstarch
  19. Cook on medium heat until sauce thickens
  20. Pour apples into the pie crust
  21. Pour apple sauce over apples

 

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