Happy 4th of July! I love an excuse to make an apple pie. I mean what is more american than apple pie?! So today, in honor of our country, and food lovers everywhere, I am making a pie. Whether you are a bride to be or a newlywed, nothing says “Wifey Status” like baking a pie from scratch. This is a super easy recipe and I took plenty of pictures to help you out.
Here is what you will need:
I like to start with the filling because then the apples have time to get all juicy and soft while you make the crust. So peel and chop the apples. I do tiny pieces, some people do big slices, that is really up to you.
Put the apples in a big bowl and add the sugar, and cinnamon. Add 2 tbs of flour or cornstarch so that it will thicken up when it’s baked. If you have lemon juice on hand, put a tablespoon of that in there, too. Mix them well and put them in the refrigerator.
Rings off, girls, it is time to start on the crust! I have heard it is really difficult to make a pie crust. Either I am an amazing cook, or this is a rather fool proof recipe, because it has never messed up on me. I’m leaning towards the later option.
Put the 2 cups of flour in a bowl and sprinkle in some salt. Now cube the butter. I slice it and then cube each piece. Drop a few cubes into the flour and shake it a bit until they sink. Then add a few more, shake again. Do that until all of the butter is in the flour.
Here comes the messy part. Use your hands to mash the butter cubes into the flour, until it looks like cornmeal. I usually use a pastry cutter once most of the big chunks are mashed up.
Now you are going to add 6 tablespoons of ice cold water. Try to sprinkle it around and not just dump it all in the middle. I use my hands for this next step, too. Just knead the water into the flour mixture until it starts to stick together. You will be able to form a ball with it. If there are crumbs you can’t seem to mix in add more water a tablespoon at a time until it is all mixed in. If it is slimey add a bit more flour.
Once you get the dough made. Divide it in two and make two discs. Wrap them in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer. Cold dough is easier to roll out so take this time to clean up a bit. You can leave it just like this overnight if need be. Just let the dough thaw the next day and roll it out.
If you were smart enough to register for a rolling pin, good job. I did not, and 4 years later haven’t bought one. I know, I’m crazy. So I use a smooth glass to roll out my dough. If you do that, DO NOT push too hard. You might break the glass, and cut your hands! Gently roll your disc into a circle, ON PLASTIC WRAP.
If it starts to crack on the edges just pinch it back together and roll over it. You want the circle to be bigger than your pie pan. I palce my pie pan over the dough to make sure it will fit. Once you get it to the right size, simply pick up your plastic wrap and flop it dough side down on your pie pan. Press it down into the pan, and pull off the plastic wrap. I poke a few holes in the dough with a fork.
Now you are ready to fill it. Get your apples out of the refrigerator and give them a stir. Now just spoon them into the middle of the dough. I add some of the juice to the pan. Remember, we put flour into the apples. The juice will become a thick yummy filling. If you have more butter, cut up a table spoon of it and put it on top of the apples.
Roll out your second disc, same as the first. Flop your plastic wrap, dough side down, onto the apples. Peel off the plastic, and tuck the edges down into the pan. Cut two vent slits in the top, and you are ready to bake!
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Put your pie pan on top of a cookie sheet, and into the oven. Let it bake for about 30 minutes and then lower the temperature to 375 degrees F, and let it bake for another 10-20 minutes. I usually put some butter on the top crust when I switch the temp. That way it browns nicely. You want the juice to be bubbly and the crust to be lightly browned.
Welcome to Wifey Status! Have an amazing 4th of July and enjoy the pie!