Saturday, July 27, 2013

Apple Pie

What's more American than a good old Apple Pie, served on the 4th of July!  I made a latticed top and added 5 stars to represent the American flag.   

Apple Pie

Make pie crust or use your own crust

2- 9 inch Pie Crust:
2/12 cups unbleached all purpose flour (I use King Arthur's flour)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (kosher)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled
4 to 5  Tablespoons ice cold water

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together.  Cut or break butter into small pieces and add to flour mixture.  Stir around with a fork and sprinkle in water 1 tablespoon at a time until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl.  Gather pastry into a ball; shape into a flattened round (for 1 crust pie) or into 2 flattened rounds (for 2 crust pie).  Chill 1 hour. 

Apple Filling
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4  cup white sugar
3 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4-5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1T cinnamon sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare filling. Combine  first 4 ingredients. 
Pour into apples, mix gently to coat.  Put in to pastry lined pie plate.
Brush pie crust with 1 egg white slightly beaten and sprinkle with 1T cinnamon sugar.  Bake for 50 minutes  slightly covered with foil. 
Cool for 15 minutes. Serve a la mode or with whipped cream.


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