The Perfect Apple Pie

Shelia Sullivan

By
@harht4God

I PREPARED SEVERAL PRIZE WINNING APPLE PIES, THEN TWEEKED THEM INTO ONE RECIPE TO ACHIEVE A JUICY, FLAVORFUL PIE. MY SISTER-IN-LAW IS A PROFESSIONAL COOK. I USED HER KITCHEN TO PREPARE THIS FINAL APPLE PIE AND AFTER SERVING HER, SHE EXCLAIMED, "THIS IS THE PERFECT APPLE PIE!" I AGREED.


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Serves:

8

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

1 Hr 35 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

2
9" deep dish marie callendar pie crusts
4
large granny smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced thin (between 1/4" - 1/3" thick - if cut too thick, the apples will not cook through
zest and juice from one small lemon
1/2 tsp
cinnamon
1/4 tsp
nutmeg
1 stick
unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
2 Tbls
all purpose flour
1/2 cup
white sugar
1/2 cup
brown sugar, packed
2 Tbls
water

MAKES ONE SEMI-THICK, FLAVORFUL, JUICY, DEEP DISH PIE - THE RESULT OF MUCH EXPERIMENTING.

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In large bowl, mix together apples and lemon. Set aside.
2
In a medium bowl, soften butter in microwave (about 30 seconds). Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar, brown sugar, and spices. *Set aside 1/4 cup of sugar butter mix. Fold the remaining sugar butter mix evenly throughout the apple lemon mix.
3
Fill bottom crust with apple mix, mounded slightly in the center to reduce spill over.
4
Ball up and re-roll the 2nd pie crust into about 11" circle, then cut it into 1/2" or 3/4" strips for the lattice top. (I use a ruler for a straight edge.) Using the strips, cover apple pie with a lattice work crust.
5
*Using a rubber spatula or your fingers, spread the reserved 1/4 cup sugar butter mixture evenly on top of the lattice. The mixture is thick, but will form a thin, sweet crust on the lattice work.
6
*Alternate method to sweeten the lattice - Instead of brushing the top lattice crust with the sugar/butter mixture, after the pie has cooked 35-40 minutes, brush lattice with a little milk and sprinkle the top with sugar and cinnamon. (Course ground sugar works great for this.)
7
Bake 35-40 minutes in the preheated oven. Loosely cover the pie with tin foil to prevent burning and bake an additional 35-40 minutes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pies
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American