Saturday, November 17, 2012

Homemade Apple Pie



It's that time of year friends - time to make your Thanksgiving pies!  Did you know that you can make apple pies and freeze them, unbaked?  It is easier than you think.  I made 3 apple pies in one afternoon.  I baked one and froze the other 2 for Thanksgiving.  I will pull them out of the freezer on Tuesday and bake them on Thursday morning.  Ahhhh...the smell of homemade apple pie baking in the oven on Thanksgiving morning - I can hardly wait.

Deep Dish Apple Pie
½ cup sugar               
¼ cup brown sugar           
¼ teaspoon salt
1 lemon
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
10 apples
1 egg white beaten

Peel and slice apples.  

 
Mix ½ cup sugar, brown sugar, salt, zest from lemon and cinnamon in bowl.  Add sliced apples and toss.  Transfer apples to pot and cook, covered 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently.


Transfer apples to a cookie sheet to cool for 30 minutes.  (Just between you and I - I skipped this step and let the apples cool in a colander.  Less dishes is always a plus.)  Set colander over bowl and drain juice from apples. 


The juice that's left behind is a real treat - don't waste it - drink it.





Prepare pie crust and place in bottom of pie plate.  Check out the pie crust recipe that I use for my homemade pies. 


Transfer apples to pie plate and sprinkle with juice from ½ of the lemon.


Top with additional dough.  I used this great little apple cutout disk to make tiny apple shapes in my top crust.


Scallop edges of crust.

 
Brush surface with beaten egg white and sprinkle evenly with sugar.


Bake on lowest rack in oven for 45-55 minutes at 425.  Cool at least 1 ½ hours before slicing.


At the risk of being repetitive, I am posting LOTS of pictures of my apple pie.  Sit back and enjoy.  Not drooling on the keyboard.





Hungry yet?







If you prefer to save your pies for another day, you can freeze them.  Put them in the freezer, uncovered for an hour.  When the tops are firm, take them out the freezer, cover them with plastic wrap and then wrap them tightly in foil.

Take them out of the freezer a day or two before you want to bake them and defrost them in the refrigerator.  Bake defrosted pies according to directions.








As always, you can send me a comment with any apple pie related questions.  I'll do my best to respond to your comments quickly.

Ciao!

Deep Dish Apple Pie
½ cup sugar               
¼ cup brown sugar           
¼ teaspoon salt
1 lemon
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
10 apples
1 egg white beaten

Mix ½ cup sugar, brown sugar, salt, zest from lemon and cinnamon in bowl.  Add sliced apples and toss.  Transfer apples to pot and cook, covered 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently.  Transfer apples to a cookie sheet to cool for 30 minutes.  Prepare pie crust and place in bottom of pie plate.  Set colander over bowl and drain juice from apples.  Transfer apples to pie plate and sprinkle with juice form ½ of the lemon.  Top with additional dough.  Brush surface with beaten egg white and sprinkle evenly with sugar.  Bake on lowest rack in oven for 45-55 minutes at 425.  Cool at least 1 ½ hours before slicing.


2 comments:

  1. This is the prettiest apple pie I've seen :)

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  2. Yes it is.............beautiful!

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