Monday, April 21, 2014

Recipe Diaries: Snapshot #1065: Thee BEST Apple Pie

April 21, 2014.  San Jose, California.  Thee best apple pie I've ever made...or ever tasted...yes, I'm biased.  Click here for the recipe.  I made the following changes:

First, I made my mother-in-law's pie crust--
Combine 2 cups flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine 1/3 cup cold water and 2/3 cup canola oil by pouring it back and forth between two containers to air-ate and fill with tiny little bubbles
Slowly mix water/oil mixture into flour/salt mixture with a fork until just combined then divide in two equal balls and roll out between two sheets of wax paper

Then, I took 2 bartlett pears and 6 granny smith apples
I peeled, sliced and cored the apples and pears, then sprinkled them with lemon juice (to keep them from browning and give them a little extra flavor) and placed them in the pie crust.
Put the lattice work crust over the lemoned apples & pears.
Prepare the sauce.  I used salted butter and added the following ingredients:
An extra tablespoon of flour, totaling 4TB flour, added 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1 tsp vanilla (the vanilla goes in at the very end, otherwise it boils off)
Once slightly thickened, I poured the piping hot sauce slowly over the pie and crust
And baked at 350, 45 mins approx.  And...Yummm!!!

See My Recipe Below:

1 Recipe pastry for a 9-inch double crust pie
6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and sliced
sprinkle of lemon juice
1/2 cup butter
4 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla

1.  Place the bottom crust in pie pan.  Fill with apples & pears, mounded slightly and sprinkled with lemon juice.  Cover with a lattice work crust.
2.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Melt the butter in a saucepan.  Stir in flour to form a paste.  Add water, white sugar, brown sugar, and spices and bring to a boil.  Reduce temperature and let simmer.  Add vanilla just before pouring over the apples.
3.  Gently pour the hot sugar and butter liquid over the crust.  Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
4.  Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven.  Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F.  Continue baking for 35-45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Let sit for 15 minutes, then serve with vanilla ice cream.  Yummm!

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