Crazy for Apple Pie

The Crazy Cooks are back! I joined the group a few months ago only to find out, after my first challenge, they were no longer going to be running.  Then, last month I got an email  saying that they were starting back up again!!  I was quite excited as I only was able to participate in one previous challenge.  This group picks a theme and you can find any recipe you want, but it must be a recipe you have never tried.  This month was apple pie.

I am not a huge pie fan, in fact there are really only 2 pies that I like, pecan pie and my Gramma’s Raisin pie.  These pies are 2 of the sweetest pies I have ever tasted, you can almost feel your teeth rotting as you chew, they are wonderful!  Normally I pass on pie because I don’t like ‘fruit’ for dessert, and most pies are fruit pies.  Even though I don’t like pie I was excited to do this challenge because my family loves pie!

I combined two recipes for this pie.  The filling was from a recipe on Epicurious – Old Fashioned Lattice-Top Apple Pie.  As for the crust – I have a very hard time with crust, it rarely turns out.  I’ve been told that my hands are too warm to make crust, the butter melts before its suppose to (who knows?).  I had been using a Shortbread Pastry that worked fairly well, but these challenges require you to use recipes that you have never used before.  I chose to use Anna Olson’s Pie Dough, Anna is my Hero! I saw her make this dough on Bake With Anna Olson, AND it is made in your Kitchen Aid Mixer! Sorry for the dark pictures, we are experiencing a lot of dark rainy days here…

Two-Crust Pie Dough

2 1/4 cups cake and pastry flour
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar

Directions

1. Stir the flour, sugar and salt to combine in a bowl or using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

2. Cut in the butter by hand with a pastry cutter or on low speed until just small pieces of butter are visible and the mixture as a whole just begins to take on a pale yellow colour (indicating that the butter has been worked in sufficiently).


3. Stir the water and lemon juice together and add this to the dough all at once, mixing until the dough just comes together.

4. Shape the dough into 2 discs, wrap and chill for at least 2 hours before rolling. Alternatively, the dough can be frozen for up to 3 months and thawed in the fridge before rolling.

Still able to see pieces of butter

Filling

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 pounds Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced

Directions

1. Position rack in lowest third of oven and preheat to 400°F.
2. Mix first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Add apples and toss to blend.

3. Roll out 1 dough disk on floured surface to 12-inch round.

4. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Fold edge under, forming high-standing rim; crimp.Don’t worry about cracks, dough is very forgiving, just patch it up in the pan

5. Add filling.

6. Roll out second dough disk on floured surface to 13-inch round. Cut into twelve 1-inch-wide strips. Arrange 6 strips across pie. Form lattice by arranging 6 strips diagonally across first strips. Gently press ends into crust edges. Brush lattice with milk. Sprinkle lightly with additional sugar.(I got a little excited and forgot to take pictures. Sorry)

7. Bake pie 10 minutes.

8. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F.  Continue baking until juices bubble thickly and crust is deep golden, covering edges with foil if browning too quickly, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Cool on rack 1 hour. (Can be made 8 hours ahead. Let stand on rack.)

Apple Pie without Cheese is like a hug without a squeeze!

I have mixed reviews for the pie.  The crust was amazing! This will be my new ‘go to’ crust.  It was it was light, and flakey, but strong enough to hold shape, I highly recommend it.  The filling….it was a little blah…it did not thicken,
It was just like eating apples, not pie. I was disappointed.  Some people loved it, some said it was good.  No one was ‘wowed’.  Thought the crust got rave reviews.
I really enjoyed this challenge! Thank you crazy cooks for returning, I look forward to next months Challenge!
Check out everyone’s Apple Pies HERE
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7 thoughts on “Crazy for Apple Pie

  1. What a pretty pie! I can so relate to your pie crust woes! I rarely, if ever make pies for the same reason….but, like you a conquered it this time!!

  2. It looks good to me! I’m glad you’re getting the opportunity to join in the challenges. I missed the first one and have participated in every once since. Jen #16

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