Happy Pi Day! There’s no better way to celebrate than baking a delicious apple pie.
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Pie Crust Ingredients
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick of cold butter
- ½ cup cold butter-flavored shortening
- ½ cup ice cold water (add more by the tablespoon if the dough is too dry)
Pie Filling Ingredients
- 7 granny smith apples
- 1 lemon juiced (optional)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter chopped
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon all-spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
- 3-4 tablespoons cornstarch or enough to thicken syrup mixture
- 1 egg white optional
- 1 tablespoon sugar optional
Apple Pie Instructions
- Preheat oven to 350. F.
- Press one of the prepared pie crusts evenly into a greased deep dish pie plate. (Place pie crusts back into the fridge until ready to use.)
- Peel and slice apples into equal size slices (about 1/4 inches thick)
- Toss apples with the juice of lemon, if using. Set aside.
- In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat.
- Add in brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and all-spice.
- Simmer for about 1-2 minutes until mixture is combined. (add a bit of water if needed)
- Turn off heat and stir in vanilla extract if using.
- Add apples into pot and toss to combine. (sugars will become syrupy as the apples heat and release their juices)
- Stir in enough cornstarch until mixture becomes thickened and syrupy. (It may be easier to remove 1/2 cup of liquid and stir the cornstarch into it until thickened and then pour this into the pot. I just sprinkle it into the pot and stir like crazy)
- Taste syrup mixture and adjust seasonings & sugars if needed.
- Let apples sit for about 20-30 minutes, syrup will thicken up a bit more.
- With a slotted spoon, add apples into prepared, chilled pie plate.
- Pour on about 1/4 cup leftover syrup mixture.
- Roll out the top crust and place on top of apples.
- Seal the edges of pie crust.
- Brush top crust with egg white if desired (to create a golden color)
- Sprinkle top crust with sugar or brush with leftover syrup mixture.
- Place pie on baking sheet and bake for 60-65 minutes or until crust is golden. (if crust begins to brown too much, cover with foil)
- Let pie sit for about 15 minutes before cutting.
Note: For more information on the recipe and additional baking tips, check out the site where the recipe was originally posted.
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