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November15th

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Apple Pie

Apple pie, as you well know, is considered the classic American dessert. It is SO classic that it’s basically the standard-bearer for American-ness.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

You know, as in, “How American ARE you?”

“Why, as American as apple pie!”

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

I don’t know though. I think there are lots of very American-y foods.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Such as macaroni and cheese. And popcorn. And hot dogs.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

I suppose, “As American as a hot dog!” doesn’t have quite the same nobility to it. Kind of like how Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be the turkey, but everybody else was like, “Whatchoo talkin’ bout, Willis?” and made our mascot the bald eagle instead.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

But speaking of turkey, this apple pie would be a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving table — an all-American dessert for an all-American holiday.

Apple Pie

Oh and just because, here is my sweetie pie. 

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Eleanora 23 months

And now back to the apple pie…

Apple Pie

CLASSIC APPLE PIE (pdf)
Lightly adapted from the Joy of Cooking’s recipe for Apple Pie II

  • 2 refrigerated roll-out pie crusts (they come 2 to a box)*
  • 8 medium/large Gala apples (Fuji are also good. Granny Smith are not recommended.)
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Sanding sugar for garnish (optional)
  • Vanilla ice cream (mandatory)

*You can also make your own pie crust, especially if you are one of those people who has tons of free time. 

Allow pie crusts to come to room temperature according to package instructions. Roll out both pie crusts. Gently press one crust into an ungreased 9″ glass pie plate. Keep the other one flat, and refrigerate both until ready to fill.

Peel and core the apples and slice them to about 1/4″ thickness. Heat a very wide skillet or pan (mine was about 13″ wide) over high heat. Add butter and cook until melted and sizzling.

Add apples and stir to coat with the butter. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook, stirring often, until they are soft on the outside but still slightly crisp in the center, about 5 minutes.

Stir in sugar, cinnamon and salt. Increase the heat to high, bring the apples to a rapid boil, and cook until the juices become thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes. Immediately spread the apples in a single layer onto a baking sheet (lined with foil for faster clean-up) and cool them to room temperature.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425. When ready to fill, remove pie crusts from refrigerator and pour apples into bottom crust. Brush edges of pie crust with cold water. Top with the second pie crust for a closed top crust(optional: cut it into strips and form a lattice), and seal the top crust to the bottom crust, gently pinching to close. Use your fingers or a fork to flute or crimp the edges, then cut slits into the top to vent (if using a closed top crust crust).

Bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling begins to bubble, about 40-50 minutes. If the edges begin to brown too quickly, cover with a pie crust shield or strips of aluminum foil.

Allow the pie to cool completely on a rack before slicing, about 3 hours. If you want to serve the pie warm, heat it in a 350 oven for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Joy of Cooking recommends eating the pie on the day it is made, but it will also be fine kept at room temperature for up to a few days.

xoxo,
Hannah

4 Comments

  • Comment by lori — November 17, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    Yummm!

  • Comment by Liz — November 27, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    I made this last weekend and it was delicious!! Thanks for posting the recipe.

  • Comment by Hannilou — November 27, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    I’m so glad you liked it!

  • Comment by Dinah — November 27, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

    Just purchased my apples :-)

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