Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Apple Pie

Gotta Love that Apple Pie!

11/30/2013 Updates:  Below is the original blog post but I added some photos I took of the pie I made today.  I made one additional change, instead of an almond milk wash I did an eggnog wash!!!  Ghost Puppy LOVES apples so he really enjoyed being underfoot and getting the occasional purposefully dropped chunk of apple. :)  Below is a picture from Thanksgiving this year.  My sister and I are now both proud puppy parents.  On the left is my sister Rebecca and her beautiful 3 month old chocolate lab Barley.  The white monster 6 month old is Ghost (for the Direwolf in Game of Thrones).

Original Post:

Happy Thanksgiving!  I'm working tonight, boo.  I also worked last night, boo.  That means absolutely no celebrating Thanksgiving on the day of for me.  My parents, sister and grandmother are coming for a visit this weekend though!  It will be my grandmother's first visit to my house and I'm really excited for her to see it.  I'm also really nervous to be putting on the Thanksgiving meal!  I have never cooked a turkey before, but I have the expert there to help me.

Anyhoo, let's talk about apple pie!  The one thing Jesse mentioned that he wanted to eat was apple pie and even that was hard to get out of him, noncommittal.  He probably just didn't want to put any pressure on me for anything specific but I like to give people what they want!  So he MENTIONED apple pie (which I have repeatedly tried to spell as applie) so that's what he is going to get!

I made that crust I wrote about before for this pie and as I said, it was a very easy to work with crust.  Here is the link: Best Crust Ever! 

So I have definitely made apple pie before, but never the way I made it this time.  I had to HUNT for one of the ingredients because I didn't even know what it was....turns out it's cider jam essentially...found with the jams, makes sense haha!

  • 8 cups sliced apples
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons instant tapioca
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 boiled cider (this the jam)
  • 2 tablespoons butter replacement (I used EarthBalance)
  • Preheat your oven to 425F
  • Cut your apples into small pieces, this will make your pie easier to serve, it will also be more "neat"
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the apples and lemon juice
  • In a small bowl whisk together the dry ingredients
  • Spread the mixture over the apples and stir to completely cover them
  • Stir in the boiled cider, it's gelatinous so it takes an extra minute or two
  • Spoon the apple mixture into your pastry lined pie plate
  • Dot with the butter
  • Cover with the second rolled out crust, seal and vent (have fun and be a little decorative!) 
  • Brush the top with almond milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar (The pie in the photo was washed with Lactaid Eggnog!!!!)
  • Cook at 425 for 20 minutes
  • Reduce to 375 and cook for an additional 40 minutes
  • After about a half hour of total baking time cover the edges of the pie with foil
  • Allow to cool completely before slicing

So my pie was made LAST week.  Doesn't that sound nice to have some of the work out of the way???  You do everything right up to the point of brushing the top with milk (don't do that yet!) and pop it right in the freezer after covering it completely with plastic wrap.  Take it out the night before you want to use it and let it thaw in your fridge.  Once thawed cook just like the directions say and voila!  This keeps for a long time this way.  If you have a lot of space in your freezer and want to make apple pies ahead of time to whip out at a moments notice, this is the way.  Wouldn't it be nice to cut out some of the work and have some ready made pies?  (And not like those ones from the freezer at the grocery store!)  You're still the baker and people still get to compliment you on what a great pie you made! :)

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