Carols Apple Pie
- 2-1/2 c
- all purpose flour
- 4 tsp
- 1/4 tsp
- fine salt
- 1/4 Tbsp
- cold butter, diced
- 1 large
- egg, lightly beaten with 2 tablespoons cold butter
- 2 Tbsp
- freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 lb
- baking apples like golden delicious, cortland or mutsu
- 2/3 c
- sugar, plus more for sprinkling on the pie
- 1/4 c
- butter, unsalted
- 1/4 tsp
- ground cinnamon, generous pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1 large
- egg lightly beaten
How to Make Carols Apple Pie
- 1Make the dough by hand. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt.
- 2Using your fingers, work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles yellow corn meal mixed with the bean sized bits of butter.
- 3If the flour/ butter mixture gets warm, refrigerate it for 10 minutes before proceeding.
- 4Add the egg and stir the dough together with a fork or by hand in the bowl.
- 5If the dough is dry, sprinkle up to a tablespoon more of cold water over the mixture.
- 6Make the dough in a food processor, With the machine fitted with the metal blade, pulse the flour, sugar and salt until combined.
- 7Add the butter and pulse until it resembles yellow corn meal mixed with bean size bits of butter, about 10 times.
- 8Add the egg and pulse 1-2 ties, don't let the dough form into a ball in the machine (if the dough is very dry add up to a tablespoon more of cold water.)
- 9Remove the bowl from the machine, remove the blade and bring the dough together by hand.
- 10Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 1 hour.
- 11Make the filling. Put the lemon juice in a medium bowl. Peel, halve and core the apples.
- 12Cut each half into 4 wedges. Toss the apple with the lemon juice. Add the sugar and toss to combine evenly.
- 13In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the apples and cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to simmer, about 2 minutes.
- 14Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the apples soften and release most of their juices, about 7 minutes.
- 15Strain the apples in a colander over a medium bowl to catch all the juice. Shake the colander to get as much liquid as possible.
- 16Return the juices to the skillet and simmer over medium heat until thickened and lightly caramelized, about 10 minutes.
- 17In a medium bowl toss the apples with the reduced juice and spices. Set aside to cool completely. (This filling can be made up to 2 days ahead and refrigerate or freeze up to 6 months)
- 18Cut the dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half of dough in a disc about 11-12 inches wide.
- 19Layer the dough between pieces of parchment or wax paper on a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.
- 20Place a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 376.
- 21Line the bottom of a 9 inch pie pan with one of the discs of dough and trim it so it lays about 1/2 inch beyond the edge of the pan.
- 22Put the apple filling in the pan and mound it slightly in the center. Brush the top edges of the dough with the egg.
- 23Place the second disc of dough over the top. Fold to top layer of dough under the edge of the bottom layer and press the edges together to form a seal.
- 24Flute the edge as desired. Brush the surface of the dough with egg and then sprinkle with sugar.
- 25Pierce the top of the dough in several pieces to allow steam to escape while baking. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
- 26Bake the pie on a baking sheet until the crust is golden, about 50 minutes.
- 27Cool on a rack before serving. The pie keeps well at room temperature (covered) for 24 hours or refrigerated for up to 4 days. Cooks note: you may freeze the uncooked pie but don't brush it with egg or dust it with sugar before hand.
- 28Place the pie in the freezer for 30 minutes, to harden it slightly and then double wrap it with plastic wrap.
- 29Freeze up to 6 minutes. When ready to bake, unwrap the pie and brush it with egg and sprinkle with sugar.
- 30Bake from the frozen state until golden brown about 1 hour and 10 minutes.