If you aren't making the crust yourself, making an apple pie is pretty easy. It's a little time consuming, but the end result is pretty awesome.
This recipe comes from the ring-bound version of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. It's a great resource and I always find some terrific ideas in it. And the fact that it's ring-bound means it sits flat on the counter when you're working with it.
- 6 cups apples, sliced (about 2 1/4 cups)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries
- 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 package of frozen pie crusts (two crusts)
For the crumb topping:
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp of chilled butter
|Cut and core your apples. |
Some recipes tell you to peel them as well. Bah!
If you cut them thin the skin is not a problem. Plus it adds some color to the finished product.
|Sprinkle the apples with the lemon juice to prevent them from oxidizing, |
then toss them in a bowl with the other ingredients and mix so each slice is covered in the mixture.
|We used a combination of Rome and Granny Smith apples, |
which I think gives a nice balance of sweet and tart.
The dried cranberries add a nice little pop of flavor too.
Not to mention it looks all festive for Christmas.
|For the crumb topping, take 1/2 cup flour, |
1/2 cup packed brown sugar,
and 3 Tbsp chilled butter in a bowl...
|...and with one of those pasty cutter/ dough blender thingies mash all that stuff together.|
What? Not everyone has a pastry cutter/ dough blender thingie?
They're actually pretty useful if you make a lot of pies.
If you don't, a fork or a couple of butter knives used in a criss-cross fashion will work pretty well.
|Cut the butter into the flour/ sugar until you get coarse crumbs.|
If you have kids, this is a great activity to have them do for you.
I have cats; they are useless.
|Start filling the pie.|
|You COULD arrange the apple slices, |
alternating the red and green slices into nice neat patterns,
But good god, why? No one is going to notice or care.
|Just dump the apples into the pan, |
arrange them so they aren't falling out and move on.
|Angela had the brilliant idea of trimming the excess dough from the pan, |
and using the dough strips to make a lattice.
|I would have just wrapped the dough over the top of the pie and left it. |
Angela's idea was much better.
|She's kinda awesome that way.|