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Apple Pie

Apple Pie
Apple pie

Apple pie is probably the first pie the majority of housewives learn how to make. It’s also one of the most loved pies around the world.

CRUST

Basic Pie Dough for a double-crust pie

FILLING

Ingredients:

  • 7–10 large apples (tart apples are best, such as Granny Smith), peeled,
  • pinch of salt,
  • 1–2 tsp cinnamon,
  • ¾ cup sugar (depending on your taste and tartness of apples),
  • 4 tbsp flour (to thicken the filling),
  • 1 tbsp butter, to pat on top of filling,
  • 1 whisked egg, to brush on top crust.

Preparation

  1. Prepare the Basic Pie Dough for a double-crust pie.
  2. Prepare the filling: Cut half of the peeled apples into slices and arrange them directly into the pie shell. Fill the dish enough so you can’t see through the first layer to the bottom crust. Cover with half of salt, cinnamon, sugar, and flour. Slice the rest of the apples into the pie; arrange and press them down gently on top of first layer, and cover with other half of ingredients. Dot a pat of butter on top, then cover with the top crust.
  3. Trim the edges with scissors, leaving about 1–2 inches overhang, and then roll the top and bottom crust together underhand so that it’s sealed and sits on the rim of your pie dish.
  4. Crimp the edge with your fingers or a fork, then brush with a whisked egg. Using a knife, poke vent holes in the top; here you can be creative with a pattern.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for 15–20 minutes to set and brown the crust. Reduce temperature to 375 degrees and continue baking for 30–40 minutes, until juice bubbles. Keep an eye on it when in the oven. If the pie gets too dark, reduce the temperature. To make sure it’s baked, poke with a knife through the vent holes to check if the apples have softened. Don’t overbake or apples will turn mushy.

NOTE:

If you slice the apples too thick, the pie will take longer to bake. But if you slice them too thin, the filling will turn into an applesauce. Try slicing ¼ inch thick, and try to keep your slices in a consistent size in order to help the pie bake more evenly. And don’t worry about your apples turning brown; it will look like cinnamon.

To make your pie look prettier, decorate it with lattice top.

If you want to make your pie even more delicious, add homemade caramel sauce.

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