It doesn’t get any more american than apple pie. I’m finally getting around to posting my recipe on apple pie that I always use during the holiday season. What separates this from other apple pies is using the yellow delicious apples or yellow opal. To me they have a sweetness and flavor that is perfect for apple pie. I used the left over pie crust to do a lattice design on the top. Feel free to top with a whole layer of tart dough or use a streusel topping. I’ve used both and either way you can’t go wrong. Here is the recipe for this straight forward apple pie recipe, but one that will definitely be in your recipe file.
6-8 big Yellow delicious apple or opal peeled and sliced.
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
Pinch of salt
4 tbsp of flour
2 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of allspice, nutmeg
1/2 stick of butter cut into tiny cubes
Sprinkle turbinado sugar on top.
Pie crust (recipe here)
For the Tart dough
Using the food processor add flour to the bowl along with butter and salt. Then turn the processor on for 30 seconds until the butter has been combined. Drizzle in the cold water until the dough has come together. Normally now you put the crust into the refrigerator to let the dough come together as it gets cold. I don't like when my dough is so cold I can't roll it and usually I am in a rush. If you can put the dough in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes it will really help; if not simply take the dough and put a light dusting of flour onto the parchment paper and place the dough on top. Then dust flour on the top of the dough and put a second piece of parchment paper on top of the dough. With a rolling pin roll out your dough to a thin crust consistency. Take your tart mold and carefully place your tart dough inside the mold. Using a rolling pin roll the pin over the mold to trim off any excess dough. With a fork prick the dough all over. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the tart and add pie weights or dried beans to weight the paper down on top of the tart. Place in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes. Take out the pie tart and take off the parchment and save the weights for another baking day.
For the apple pie
Slice apples place in a bowl thin sprinkle with brown sugar. Add vanilla, flour, and mix well with a wooden spoon. Fill pre baked pie shell really full. Add the pie crust lattice by alternating the strips of the pie crust on top. Add cubes of butter in-between each open square. Sprinkle with sugar and bake at 375 for about 45 minutes or until apples are tender. Take out and allow to cool completely