There’s something special about a slice of pie, right? It doesn’t matter if it’s morning, evening, or any season – pie has this magical way of taking us back to wonderful family moments.
For me, it all started with my grandpa enjoying pumpkin pie every Thanksgiving morning.
Now, baking and savoring pies have become a treasured tradition in my own life. Let’s dive into the cozy world of apple pie. We’ll not only explore the recipe but also the sweet memories it brings.
Making The Classic Apple Pie
Making apple pie is a delightful and classic baking endeavor. Here’s a simple recipe to guide you through the process:
Ingredients For the Pie Crust:
- 2 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon (14g) sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (254g) cold, cubed butter
- 4 tablespoons ice water
- In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, and salt.
- Toss cold, cubed butter into the flour mix, ensuring an even coating.
- Use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour, creating a shaggy dough with varying butter pieces.
- Drizzle ice water over the dough and toss until evenly distributed.
- Press the dough into a ball, divide into two flat disks, and wrap in plastic. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Ingredients For The Filling:
Now, let’s focus on the star of our pie—the luscious apple filling. Gather these ingredients:
- 4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
- 3 tablespoons (28g) cornstarch
Combine chopped apples, sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl and set aside.
Assembling the Pie:
Now that our crust and filling are ready, let’s bring them together to create a masterpiece.
- Chilled pie crusts (from the previous step)
- Apple filling mixture
- 1 beaten egg
- Coarse sugar
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Roll out one chilled dough disk on a floured surface to an 11-inch circle and transfer it to a pie tin.
- Allow excess dough to hang over the edges, cover with plastic, and refrigerate while rolling out the top crust.
- Roll out the second dough disk to the same thickness and cut a small venting hole in the center.
- Retrieve the pie tin from the fridge, fill it with the apple mixture, and brush the crust’s edge with beaten egg.
- Layer the top crust over the filling, trim excess strips, and fold over the overhang of the bottom crust. Press them together.
- Cover the pie with plastic and freeze for 20 minutes.
For the Finishing Touch:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Remove the pie from the freezer, discard the plastic cover, and brush the top with the remaining beaten egg.
- Sprinkle with coarse sugar for a golden finish.
- Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 1 1/2 hours, until the top is a deep golden brown, and the juices are bubbling.
- Allow the pie to cool for at least 4 hours before slicing and savoring.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I Use A Different Type Of Apple For This Pie?
While Granny Smith apples are recommended for their tartness and firm texture, you can experiment with other varieties like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady for a different flavor profile. Just ensure they are suitable for baking.
2. Can I Make The Pie Crust Ahead Of Time?
Absolutely! You can prepare the pie crust up to five days in advance. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble the pie.
3. Can I Freeze The Pie For A Longer Period?
Yes, you can freeze the assembled pie for longer storage. After covering it with plastic, place it in the freezer for up to a month. When ready to bake, allow it to thaw slightly in the refrigerator before baking.
4. Can I Substitute The Coarse Sugar With Regular Sugar For The Topping?
Yes, you can use regular sugar if coarse sugar is not available. The coarse sugar adds a nice crunch, but regular sugar will still provide sweetness and a golden finish.
5. Can I Skip The Step Of Freezing The Assembled Pie?
Freezing the pie for 20 minutes before baking helps maintain the shape and texture of the crust. While it’s optional, it is recommended for the best results.
6. Can I Use A Store-Bought Pie Crust Instead Of Making It From Scratch?
Yes, you can use a store-bought pie crust if you’re short on time. However, making the crust from scratch adds a homemade touch and flavor.
7. How Do I Know When The Pie Is Done Baking?
The pie is ready when the top is a deep golden brown, and the juices are bubbling. This usually takes about 1 1/2 hours. Keep an eye on it to prevent over-baking.
8. Can I Serve The Pie Warm Or Is It Better To Cool Completely?
Allowing the pie to cool for at least 4 hours helps set the filling. While it can be tempting to enjoy it warm, cooling ensures a better consistency when slicing.
As you start cooking, keep in mind that every step is like a party honoring tradition, family, and the joy of baking at home.
This apple pie recipe isn’t just a list of ingredients; it’s like a link to the past and an opportunity to make new memories.
So, get ready, turn on the oven, and let the smell of Grandma’s apple pie spread warmth and nostalgia in your kitchen. Enjoy baking!