30 April 2012

Easy As Apple Pie

Whether you're an expert baker or a kitchen rookie, 
my homemade apple pie recipe is almost fail-proof and 
guaranteed to be the most delicious pie you have ever eaten!

The genius behind my passion for baking comes from my lovely mommy whom 
I meticulously observed in the kitchen from a young age. She would always assign 
me the duty of peeling apples, which I now realize wan't much of a privilege but more 
of an excuse to avoid doing the most boring and tedious task of making a pie! 

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie
recipe created by Snacking Squirrel

Pie Crust Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup graham crumbs
1/3-1/2 cup cold water
1.5 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt

Pie Filling Ingredients:

8 medium green apples
(granny smith to be precise)
1 cup white or brown sugar
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp allspice 

Directions (Crust):
A. Place butter in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes to harden slightly
B. Combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl
C. Dice butter into small cubes and toss into the flour mixture
D. Add the cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing together with your hands until it forms into a ball (you may need less or more water depending on the type of flour used)
 *do not over-knead the dough! You want to see the cubes of butter in the dough to ensure the crust will be flaky*
E. Remove dough and split into two balls, placing one aside in the fridge to keep cool
F. Spread some flour onto a clean surface and place the ball of dough in the center
G. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin, just large enough to fill your pie dish with about 1/2-1 inch extra hanging over the edges

Directions (Filling):
A. Wash, peel and core your apples
B. Slice apples 1/4-1/2 inch thick, then place them into a large mixing bowl
C. Add the sugar, flour and spices, mixing together until each slice is evenly coated
D. Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit
E. Grab the other ball of dough from the fridge, sprinkle more flour onto the counter and roll out the dough the same as before
F. Gently lay the rolled out dough over top of the apples, sealing the edges together with your fingers *You can use the end/handle of a spoon to press in decorative ridges* 
(as seen below)
G. Using a knife, cut lines into the top of the pie dough, or cut out any shape your prefer 
(I cut out a heart shape)
H. Make an egg wash by whipping one egg together and brushing it over top (this makes the top shiny and retains the flakiness of the crust)
I. Place into oven and cook for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 Fahrenheit and continue baking for 40-45 minutes
J. Remove from oven and allow to cool for up to an hour

The best part about making pie is that it is such a versatile vehicle in which you 
can use any type of fruit for a filling, whether you want a strawberry rhubarb pie, 
bumble berry pie, peach pie, pumpkin pie or whatever else tickles your sweet tooth

After the egg wash

And because I guarantee your pie will turn out splendidly, 
you can use it to impress your friends, family and loved ones!

The finished result

Best served warm with a scoop or two of vanilla or almond ice cream :) 

There's not need to feel guilty about having a slice of this apple pie; 
Made from scratch and baked with love. Everything in moderation!

Makes 8-10 servings


Tip Top Shape said... [reply]

This looks absolutely delicious!!!

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said... [reply]

Apple pie just says I love you to someone, doesn't it? It's one of my all time favorites. This looks amazing Kelsey!

Aspiring Steph said... [reply]

YUM!!! just wondering, are you okay with gluten now?? Thnx!

Sarah B @ Bake + Bike said... [reply]

That is the cutest lil' pie. The filling looks so good. Mmmm apples and cinnamon.

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said... [reply]

That is a pretty perfect looking pie!

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