Apple Pie

I had good intentions when I bought that bag of apples. I had plans to snack on them whenever I was craving sugar or going in for a mindless snack. Instead they sat there and now they all needed to be eaten.

Eating ten apples at once is eating healthy, right?

I used William-Sonoma’s basic pie recipe. I like this pie recipe. It is quick and easy. I usually don’t change anything about it but this time I added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. I also added about two tablespoons extra of sugar. There is no good reason on why I did this except that what was left in the bag. I don’t think it made the pie taste more sugary or anything like that.

I doubled the dough recipe. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough and would have to make more and I didn’t want to waste time making a second batch. 

To make the apples I peeled and thinly sliced 10 apples. I coulda gotten away with only using 8 but like I said, I had 10 apples and had to use them.

Most recipes with apples call for mixing it with lemon juice but I was out of lemons. I had a few cara cars oranges and just decided to go with it. From this point on I followed Martha Stewart’s recipe.

The pie bird helps vent the steam and helps keep the juices from boiling over. I’m sure the bird was overkill and there were probably enough holes in the top for ventilation but it’s cute and I wanted to use it.

After I placed my apples in a cute way Mr Porcupinestew was all like- why did you make it so pretty you know you’re just going to cover it up. My response was – but the picturessss!  I cut strips of dough for the lattice. I wasn’t worried about keeping my lines straight/even, I just went with it. To make the lattice you lay the strips of dough down and weave in the other strips by folding and unfolding the dough. 

So pretty!

For the outer ring I made the braid and brushed the top with egg. I would have sprinkled sugar on the top but I used the last of it in the pie crust. I was not thinking ahead. Oh well.

In Martha’s recipe she bakes her pie for 20 minutes at 450 F and then reduce heat to 375 F and bake for another 50-60 minutes more. By the time my pie had gone through those first 20 minutes it was looking pretty done. I left it in for another 15 minutes and crossed my fingers that the bottom would be cooked before the top gets burnt. I think in Martha’s she uses a clear glass pie dish and my is porcelain and not see through. I think that has something to do with the baking time differences.

Martha recommends to let the pie cool for at least 6 hours. This household make it two hours. This pie also only lasted a few days. We ate it for dinner two nights in a row. Being an adult is hard. Pie is easy.

The pie turned out perfect for being rushed in the time. The bottom was perfect! Phew!

 Basic pie dough adapted from William- Sonoma

1 1/4 Cups Flour

3 Tbs. Sugar

8 Tbs (1 Stick) Butter. The colder the better.

3 Tbs Very cold water

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

1 tsp Allspice

pinch of salt

To make the dough stir together in a large bowl the flour, sugar, salt and the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Cut the butter into the flour mixture. I use my hands to do this but you can use a pastry cutter or a fork. Mix until mixture resembles corn meal or small pea size. Add the water and mix with a fork or your hands until blended and dough pulls together.

Apple Pie filling adapted from Martha Stewart

8-10 Apples. Thinly sliced. I used Granny Smith

2 Tbs Orange Juice. I used two Cara Cara oranges

1/4 Cup Flour

3/4 Cup Sugar

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

1 tsp Allspice

pinch of salt

Peel, core and thinly slice the apples. In a large bowl add the apples to the orange juice. Add the sugar, flour and spice mixture. Mix well.


3 Comments on Apple Pie

  1. Kate
    8 April, 2016 at 1:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Your pie looks delicious and I love that little bird!

  2. Quilts & Such
    8 April, 2016 at 9:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! Someone will have a delicious pie to eat!

  3. Angela Atkins
    9 April, 2016 at 8:28 am (2 years ago)

    I just made an apple pie too, but with a crumbly topping. Seeing that pie bird reminds me that I have one somewhere. Bought it at a crate and barrel years ago with a pie plate that broke before I could get it home!


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