Delicious Homemade Apple Pie:

Apple pie

The History Of Apple Pie:

Before we dive into the making of apple pie, let’s take a moment to appreciate its rich history. Although apple pie’s exact origin is not certain, it dates back to ancient times. The Romans are believed to have been the first to create a pastry-like crust, while the British added apples to the mix during the medieval period. However, it was the American settlers who truly popularized this beloved dessert, making it an integral part of American culture. Today, apple pie stands as a symbol of home, tradition, and all-American goodness. Apple pie is a timeless classic that never fails to bring joy to those who indulge in its goodness.

Ingredients:

  1. Dough for double crust pie.
  2. Sugar-1 cup.
  3. Packed brown sugar-1 cup.
  4. All purpose flour 1/2 cup.
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger.
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg.
  8. 7-8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples.
  9. Lemon juice 1 tablespoon.
  10. Butter-1 & 1/2 teaspoon.
  11. 1 Large egg white.

Directions:

  1. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. On a lightly floured surface roll off the dough to a 1/10-in thick circle.
  3. Transfer to a 9-in pie plate.
  4. Chill while preparing filling.
  5. In a small bowl, combine sugars, flour and spices.
  6. In a large bowl toss apples with lemon juice.
  7. Add sugar mixture toss to coat.
  8. Add filling to crust, dot with butter.
  9. Roll remaining dough to a 1/10-in thick circle.
  10. Place over filling.
  11. Trim, seal and flute edge.
  12. Cut slits in top.
  13. Beat egg white until foamy, brush over crust.
  14. If desired, sprinkle with turbinado sugar and brown cinnamon.
  15. Bake on the lowest rack 60-70 minutes, until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, covering with foil half way if crust begins to get too dark.
  16. Cool on a wire rack.
  17. If desired, serve with ice cream and caramel sauce.

Tips for making the best Apple pie:

The Perfect Apple Pie Filling:

A scrumptious apple pie starts with selecting the right apples. We prefer using granny smith apples for pies because of their tart flavor ad their ability to hold their shape. IF u want something with a little more sweetness, we recommend using Braeburn, Golden delicious or Jonna gold. You can also combine them with other varieties like Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Gala to achieve a balance of flavors and textures. To enhance the taste, toss the apples with a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of lemon juice for that tangy zest. Brown sugar and a touch of cornstarch will help thicken the filling, preventing it from turning into a soggy mess.

Mastering the Art of Flaky Crust:

The crust is the foundation of an excellent apple pie, and achieving flakiness is an art worth mastering. When preparing the crust, ensure your butter or shortening is chilled, as this will prevent it from melting too quickly and lead to a tender crust. For added flavor, you can incorporate a small amount of vodka, which evaporates during baking, making the crust more tender and less dense. A combination of all-purpose and pastry flour will provide just the right texture.

Top It Off – Lattice or Double Crust:

Two popular ways to finish your apple pie are the lattice crust and the double crust. A lattice crust involves weaving strips of pastry over the top of the pie, creating an eye-catching design that allows the bubbling filling to peek through. On the other hand, a double crust simply involves covering the entire pie with a second layer of dough, which is then vented with slits to allow steam to escape during baking.

Is it better to bake a pie in glass or metal?

Both metal and glass pie plates work well for baking double crust pies. But for single crust pies that are pre-baked, a metal plate is preferred because it heats quicker and ensures a crisp crust.

How should you store a baked apple pie?

Once your pie is fully cooked, you can store it at room temperature in a pie dome, cake carrier or in an airtight container for up to 2 days. After 2 days, it can go in the refrigerator and will last for an additional 2 more days.

Can you freeze apple pie?

If you are going to freeze your apple pie, its best to freeze it before baking but you can freeze it after baking as well. Place either baked or unbaked pie uncovered in the freezer. Once its frozen solid, Wrap the pie or store it in air tight container and place it back into the freezer. Then you can keep it frozen for 2-3 months. If unbaked let the pie fully thaw before baking.

Serving:

This recipe is for a total of 5 serves. You can serve this with ice cream and caramel sauce.

Nutrition table:

Calories 237kcal
Total Fat 11 g16%
Saturated fat 3.8 g19%
Cholesterol 0 mg0%
Sodium 226 mg11%
Potassium 65 mg1%
Total carbohydrate 34 g11%
Dietary fiber 1.6 g6%
Protein 1.9 g3%
Vitamin C 5%
Iron6%
Calcium1%

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