Friday, October 21, 2011

Oh My, Oh My, Easy Apple Pie!

Oh fall, what a lovely time of year. The weather is lovely (though I must say, in the desert, we dress for 50 degree mornings and 88 degree afternoons), the leaves are turning (in some places), and pumpkins are aplenty. There are new sights and smells everywhere, even a simple trip to the grocery store is filled with the smell of apples and so many varieties to choose from that it's overwhelming! Brendan's parents sent us a care package full of apples they picked in Connecticut. We ate many of the apples, but I've been watching a lot of Twin Peaks lately, and the characters are always taking about eating delicious pies, which are apparently very distracting to trying to solve the murder of Laura Palmer, because it's been a whole season and I still don't know who the killer is!

Before we devoured all those apples, I had to suggest trying to make a pie of our very own. As far as the recipe goes, we looked up other recipes, but we were not fully satisfied with any of them. We added things as we saw fit, and oh my, oh my, our pie is doggone good, so we just had to share it with you.

Here's what you need:
5 cups of peeled and thinly sliced apples (Note: You should use whatever is in season, one variety we recommend is Braeburn, which we used in addition to what Brendan's parents sent. I'm not sure what those apples were, they don't come with stickers when you pick em' off the tree!)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
 2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter
1 egg white
1 store bought refrigerated crust (Note: you need the kind that comes with two crusts-1 for the top and 1 for the bottom, we used Pillsbury brand, but warning, that one contains lard. We discovered this after the fact, so if you want a vegetarian friendly pie crust, make sure to find one without lard!)
& of course vanilla ice cream (to serve with the pie!) 

Now that you have all your supplies, this recipe is super easy.

  •  Preheat oven to 450 degrees .
  • Combine all the ingredients except the butter and egg white in a large bowl and stir the peeled and sliced apples in. Make sure every apple is covered in this delectable mixture. 
  • Coat a pie pan with butter and put the bottom crust in the pan. 
  • Pour the mixture on top of the bottom crust.
  • top with 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Add the top crust, follow the directions to seal the crusts together (Brendan says ours looks "homely," but I think it's beautiful). 
  • Cut some slits in the top crust (see directions on the crust box).
  • Brush the top crust with a bit of butter and the egg white.
  • Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 375 degrees, and bake for another 40 minutes. 
  • Take it out of the oven, serve hot with ice cream, and enjoy!
Oh My, Oh My, Easy Apple Pie!
Total Prep and Bake Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Deliciousness Factor: Brendan wanted to give it 9 stars, when I pointed out we use a 5 star scale, he said "I know." So 9 out of 5 stars it is! Brendan says it reminds him of the way his mom makes apple pie! He loves "that it tastes perfect." I love the texture of the apples, and how sweet the pie is. Brendan thinks this recipe is so good, he questioned whether we should keep it a secret, but I told him not to be selfish.

Enjoy this tasty treat! Bring it to your next party because it's sure to be a hit.

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Happy baking and mystery solving!
<3 S, B, L&Z

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