I have NEVER been an Apple Pie kind of gal. When I attend a family feast, such as Thanksgiving, I can count on there being a few different types of pie there. The only pie I ever end up eating is Pumpkin. There’s something about those store-bought apple pies that makes me turn the other cheek.
It’s not that I haven’t tried them, because I have. I’m not afraid to taste test pies, that’s for sure! I can’t put my finger on what it is about store-bought apple pies that I dislike so much. Perhaps it’s some added preservatives or something, or the fact that I haven’t enjoyed one fresh out of the oven. Who knows. But, everyone who knows me well, knows that I have never been a fan of Apple Pie; That is, until yesterday.
My daughter had been asking me to make an apple pie for 3 weeks straight. “But mommy doesn’t like apple pie,” I told her. But, as you can all see, I finally gave in. I caved. I always do. It’s not all about what mommy likes of course.
I am so thrilled that I made this pie. It was absolutely incredible; From the crust, to the warm apples on the inside, to its exterior top crust layer, covered in delicious goodness. Holy Cow is this pie some kind of awesome!
If I had some homemade vanilla ice cream to go along with this, I would have thought I’d died and gone to Heaven. I know, I sound a bit too excited over something as simple as Apple Pie, but after years of thinking I hated the stuff, I am excited I can say I love it now; But only if it’s this recipe and made fresh (so far anyhow). ;)
Pie Crust Ingredients (yields 2 pies):
- 16 tablespoons (2 sticks), cold unsalted butter chopped into small bits
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 8 tablespoons ice water
Directions for Pie Crust:
- In a medium bowl, add flour and sugar and mix together a bit with a fork. Add cut up pieces of butter and use fingers to work it into the dry ingredients. As you work the butter into the mix, you’ll notice that small little clumps will begin forming – keep going (about 4 minutes should do ya).
- Add 8 tablespoons of ice water and work into the mix with your fingers. Work it in only long enough to create a crust type dough as over-working it will make it too crumbly. It will take a few minutes.
- Press half of the mixture into a pie pan. Cover pie pan with crust and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Take the other half of pie crust dough and roll out (about a quarter of an inch thick) onto parchment paper, slightly floured. Cut into 1 inch thick strips, lengthwise. Make little stacks with the dough crust strips on the parchment paper, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
TIP: Now’s the perfect time to make the pie filling and peel, core and chop up all those apples for this pie. By the time you finish all of this, that dough will be ready to go!
Ingredients for Apple Pie:
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup butter
- 5 apples (any)- I used red apples, chopped into small chunks instead of slices
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
Directions for Apple Pie:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Start by peeling, coring and chopping up those apples into small chunks. Set aside in a container while you make the filling.
- Heat up a saucepan over medium heat and begin by melting butter. Add flour and stir in. Next add cinnamon, nutmeg, water, and brown sugar and mix until well-blended. Reduce heat to a steady simmer and stir continuously for a few minutes and the mixture simmers. Total simmer time should be about 5 minutes.
- Take pie crust and layer apples in the pie pan. Feel free to mound it up in there. Take your pie crust strips and lay over the top of the apple chunks any way you want, but do try to criss-cross them a bit and lay them across the pie at an angle.
- Carefully pour the pan of hot, cinnamon sugar filling over the pie, making sure to get it in the openings of the pie crust strip pieces so it drips down into the pie as well.
- Bake for 45-1 hour, or until apples are soft. Serve warm!
Seriously ladies and gents, this pie is awesome to the moon and back. We loved it. Even Ryan, who has also been an apple pie hater his entire life up to this point, loved it as well.
The crust has this buttery flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweet/tartness of the red apples, which is then made extra amazingly delicious with the additional top layer of crust, covered in that cinnamon and nutmeg spice filling. Wow. There’s only one piece of this pie left. We’re going to be fighting over it.
Well, I hope you have all enjoyed your weekend as well as had a great St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve had a relaxing day at home with the kiddos. Thanks for stopping by again! See you next time.