Thursday, May 5, 2011

Awesome Apple Pie From Scratch

There's nothing that is more comforting than good ole' apple pie and ice-cream! This recipe is really simple to put together. Everyone, of course, has their own opinion as to which apples make the best pie. But for me, the answer is very simple...Granny Smith. I love how the very strong flavor and tartness of these apples mix with the sweet sauce in this delicious recipe for a truly knock out pie. Sweet and tart...the perfect 1 - 2 combination! And you have to make this pie with the Perfect Pastry Crust I posted about yesterday. No store bought here. Believe me, with minimal effort, you will delight your family's taste buds and have the great satisfaction of knowing that you are giving your family REAL FOOD. A truly yummy apple pie from scratch, with no preservatives, questionable food additives, or artificial ingredients. Just real food that's really good!

Awesome Apple Pie From Scratch

2, 9 inch pastry crusts (use my Perfect Pastry Crust recipe)
1/2 cup butter
3 tbsps flour
1/4 cup water
1 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp clove
7 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and diced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Whisk in flour to form a paste.

Add the water, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and allspice, bringing to a light boil.

Reduce the temperature to low and let simmer for about 1 minute, then remove from heat.

Add your diced apples to the pan combining the apples with the sauce very well.

Place the bottom crust in your pie dish. Fill with the apple mixture. Place the top crust on the pie. Cut a few decorative slits with a knife in the top crust. (Alternatively, you can make a lattice design using the top crust).

Place on the middle oven rack and bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven.

Then, reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for about 35 minutes more.

Next, set your oven to broil and leave in for another 2-3 minutes, depending on how golden brown you like your crust.

Remove from the oven and let the pie cool for about 20 minutes before serving.

Top with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. There's nothing better!

Makes about 8 servings

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