I’ve never once eaten a slice of bad apple pie. I think, like an ugly baby, bad apples pies are “few and far between”. I’ve been told that my apple pies are very delicious – I hope you think so!
Following an old recipe, I add dabs of butter on top of the apple/flour/sugar mixture before putting on the top crust. Maybe that’s why people like this pie so much. Or – maybe it’s that I’ve finally found the right balance of nutmeg versus cinnamon?? In any event, I look forward to your suggestions and comments, as always!
Oven at 425(F) Bake for 45 – 50 minutes, until crust is golden and filling is bubbling. You might want to place a cookie sheet – or a piece of foil – on the rack below the pie, in case it bubbles over
- 6 cups sliced apples – peeled and cored, or course!
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 4 “pinches” nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 4 TBS. flour (yes – tablespoons!!)
- 2 TBS. butter – to be cut up and dropped on top of apple/sugar mixture
- 2 crusts – either purchased or homemade
- 1 egg, beaten
In a large bowl, mix the sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and flour.
Put the 1st crust into the pie plate. Fill with the apple/sugar mixture. (Some people like to mound the apple/sugar mixture higher in the middle but I don’t. I prefer it evenly spread out.) With a sharp knife, cut a few slashes into the crust to help steam escape.
Cut your butter into small pieces and dot on top of the apple/sugar mixture. (I just hold it in my hand and cut off a piece at a time – otherwise the cut-up butter sticks together.)
Place the 2nd crust over the butter/apple mixture, crimping edges to seal.
++ Here’s a video which shows you how to ‘crimp’ a pie crust. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJRY1vdCMkQ
++ If you’re feeling really creative – here’s a video showing how to make ‘fancy’ crimps! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcQGja6jpbE
Now for the “egg wash”. Take the beaten egg and with your fingers (my favorite) or a pastry brush, spread some of the beaten egg on the top crust. (You don’t have to do this, but it does give the crust a nice sheen and golden color.)
Bake at 425F for about 45 – 50 minutes, until the crust is golden, and the apples are fully cooked. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!!