Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Apple Pie

Pie is delicious.

But you need something more than crust. It's fall and apples are also delicious...

Delicious + delicious = fantastic. So, why not?

It tastes best when shared with friends. Also if you share it means you can't eat half of it for dinner. Which I totally wouldn't do.

As a first step, I suggest finding some good music, throwing on a movie, or inviting a friend over. Something to keep yourself occupied, because as good as pie is, it is a bit time consuming.

Apple Pie

Slightly adapted from Dorie Greenspan's "Baking: From my home to yours"

For the Crust

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 sticks of very cold butter
1/3 cup of frozen shortening, cut into 4 pieces
glass of ice water

1) Put the flour, sugar, and salt into a food processor and mix together.

2)Drop in the butter and shortening and pulse, some pieces of butter and shortening will be small, some will be large. Do not over mix.

3) Add in the cold water by the tablespoon and pulse together, the dough will come together eventually.

4) On a clean surface, divide the dough into two equal pieces, wrap in saran wrap and form into discs. Refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.

For the filling:

7 Small apples (peeled, cored and sliced), I used gala
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter

1) Roll out the pie dough on a lightly floured surface. place one half of the dough on a cookie sheet and one in a nine-inch pie plate, return both to the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2) Using your hands mix together apples, sugar, lemon juice, tapioca, and spices.

3) Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the dough in the pie plate, this will help absorb the excess moisture. Dump the apple mixture into the middle of the pie plate and even out the distribution of the apples. Place bits of butter on the top of the apple mixture.

4) For the top crust, use an icing tip to cut a circle in the middle then gently place the dough on top. Using a fork, press the two crusts together and cut off the excess, cut several slits in the top as steam vents, sprinkle the top with sugar. Loosely wrap the edges with tinfoil to avoid browning.

5) Bake the pie for 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 375 degrees and bake for another 45 to 55 minutes.


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