Monday, February 27, 2012

Apple Pie

Two gifts inspired me to start making apple pie. For Christmas my parents gave me an apple peeler/slicer gadget and for my birthday and two friends at work gave me a fancy Williams-Sonoma pie plate. The gifts definitely help make this pie wonderful!
What you need:
  • 1 recipe for a 9 inch double crust pie or premade pie crust
  • 1/2 cup butter (one stick)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5-8 Granny Smith apples or favorite apples - peeled, cored and thinly sliced
What you do:
Melt butter in a saucepan.

Stir in flour.

Add water, vanilla, white sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce temperature to low and let simmer.

Place the bottom crust in your pan. Yes, I cheated and used a premade crust... so what, who cares?

Fill with apples.

Pour the sugar mixture over the apples.

Top with a lattice crust. (I cut the second crust into strips)

Bake 15 minutes in a 450 degree preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F. Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.
"Good apple pies are a considerable 
part of our domestic happiness."
-Jane Austen

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