7.11.2012

Apple pie your Grandma would be proud of

Sometimes I get a serious hankering for pie. Usually, it's one of three pies. It's peanut butter pie, chocolate silk pie or good ole' fashioned, right out of grandma's oven apple pie. 

Apple pie is one of the only fruit pies I've ever made. (I don't think strawberry pies really count because there's not a whole lot of baking involved in those). It's not that I don't really like other fruit, I'm just more comfortable when it comes to apples. The varieties are endless (screw what people say are "baking" and "eating' apples, get wild and use them all!) and can change your pie so much! With this pie we used Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Cameo and Jonagold. I discovered I'm not a huge cameo fan, however, Honeycrisp's rocked my world. 

Also, if you're going to go to the trouble of making an apple pie from scratch, do the lattice top. It adds maybe 10 minutes to prep time and it looks about a million times more impressive. Heck, even doing a half-assed lattice top looks better than none at all. 



As Good as Grandma's Apple Pie
Pie Crust Ingredients:
(makes bottom and lattice-top crust)
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp salt
1/8 cup sugar
3 sticks butter (we use Willow Run)
1 cup vegetable shortening
2 cup cold water

Filling Ingredients:
4 large apples, chopped into chunks or slices
1/2 stick of butter 
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 TBS vanilla extract



Directions:
Mix up your dough up and knead until firm but easy to manipulate. Divide it into two balls, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes (makes rolling easier). 
In a pan on medium heat, mix up butter, milk, brown and white sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Add chunk or sliced apples and cook for 15-20 minutes or until apples are soft (not falling apart, but tender).
Take your dough out and roll it out. Place into a greased pie pan. Spoon filling into dough.
For the lazy way, take your other crust, roll it out, plop it on top, slice a few slits in the top and then use a fork to push together the two crusts.
For a super cool lattice top, roll the crust out and then slice into 1/2-3/4 inch strips. Now, you will do a weave pattern. (Here's a fabulous how-to on youtube to follow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ysJhFas9uE).
Bake for 20-30 minutes (until crust is browned) on 375 degrees. Enjoy the heck out of it!! 

2 comments:

  1. I've never even tried an apple pie but reading this post really makes we want to. I don't know if I can do the lattise thing, but the filling seems easy enough. Thanks for the easy recipe!

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  2. What a serving that is!I love apple pie. Thanks for posting the recipe! ;)

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