When it comes to desserts, does it get any better than good old fashioned apple pie? I mean, really? As a child growing up in America, it is basically brainwashed into us that there is nothing better, there is no sweet treat that is more satisfying, there is no dish in the universe that symbolizes the love, honor and respect of country more than hot apple pie.. as if you could cram all of that into a 9 inch pie pan. Apple pie brings forth memories colored in red, white and blue.. surely, it has been served at every Fourth of July celebration you can lay your mind to and was always the ‘go-to’ dessert choice your mother picked when company was coming for dinner… and let’s be honest, the real reason you were on your best behavior that night. Hot, sweet, somewhat crunchy, always flaky … mmmmmm….. top that off with a scoop of ice cream or whipped topping or if you are an outside of the box thinker, a slice of cheese.. it doesn’t even matter how you top it off, its always going to be good and its always going to take you back to happy times.
So all this being said, I have to admit that I have never given thought to actually making an apple pie. In the times of convenience shopping and busy lives, it was just common sense to be me to pick up a pie at the local supermarket bakery and call it a day. Now, those pies are wonderful and if you have a local bakery that sells amazing goods, by all means consider yourself lucky. But for those times when you don’t want store bought or you have a special occasion or if its just the third Tuesday of the month and Mommy needs a break… consider taking the time to make yourself a homemade apple pie. It is ridiculously easy and takes no time at all.. somehow I was under the impression that there was a lot more that went into making such an amazing dish .. yet more evidence that apple pie truly is the perfect dessert.
The Best Apple Pie Ever..
You Will Need:
Top / Bottom pie crust for 9″ pie
1/2 cup butter
3 tbl all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
4-5 large Granny Smith Apples
2 egg whites
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Let’s start with the apples.
Wash, peel and core your apples. Slice them about 1/4 inch thick. You don’t want them too thin so that they won’t still hold their crunch but not too thick that they won’t cook through. Myself, I prefer my apple slices to be a bit on the thicker side but whatever your preference is, go for it! Add them into a large mixing bowl and set aside for a couple of minutes. Prepare your crust (homemade or store bought) and add the bottom crust to your pie pan. Poke holes in the crust bottom with a fork and then beat together two egg whites and brush them on the bottom of the crust to prevent sogginess when baking. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt your butter. Add in your flour and whisk together until if forms a loose paste. Add to this the spices, water and both sugars and continue whisking until the sugar dissolves and everything is incorporated. Turn up your heat to medium-high and continue stirring until your filling reaches a soft boil. Remove from the heat and pour the filling over your apples, holding back about 1/4 of the liquid still in the pan. Mix your apples and your sauce together and pour into your prepared pie crust. Add the crust top to your pie and crimp the top and bottom together. Bring over your held back sugar sauce and pour on top of your pie crust. Using a small brush or spoon, even out the sauce so that it covers the entire pie top. Place your pie on a sheet pan in case of sauce overflow and bake in your oven for 40 minutes. Remove and let sit out to cool.
One thing I learned by accident.. if you bake this the day before you need it and let it set up in your fridge, it comes out perfect. If you try to rush the process and you get impatient and cut into this before it’s 150% cool, you will have a runny, swimmy (yes, that is word) mess of sauce all over the pie pan. It will still taste amazing but it’s just not as pretty. I do believe that it is the Universe’s way of teaching us patience… or calling us out for eating pie in the middle of the week, I’m not really sure which.
That’s it!! Seriously, THAT’S how easy it is to make the best apple pie you will ever eat. Now go apologize to your supermarket bakery because you won’t be seeing them for a while. You have a pie to go make.