Apple Pie

My husband requested pies for his Father’s Day treat.  Apple, coconut cream and lemon to be exact.  I also made a batch of vanilla ice cream.  Yum!

I have a handy gadget to prepare the apples.  It’s a peeler/corer/slicer machine that I bought from Pampered Chef.  I know other places sell similar items.  The Pampered Chef model comes with a narrow gauge handle, but has the option to purchase a wide slice handle.  I used the wider slice and like it the best.

Apple Peeler/Core/Slicer in action!

I’m usually not one for kitchen gadgets, but this is a specialized tool that does it’s job perfectly. Well worth the $20 if you bake pies a few times a year.  I was able to peel, core and slice eight apples in about five minutes!

Ready for the top crust.

Here’s my pie in the process.  I cheated and used a store-bought pie crust because I was short on time and I’m also not great at making crusts.

My mom makes an excellent pie crust and I’m totally intimidated by it.  I have her recipe, but I haven’t practiced enough to feel confident that it will turn out every time.

Finished unbaked apple pie

Into the oven we go!

If you need a simple apple pie recipe, here’s what I do:

2 pie crusts

6-8 baking apples (I like Granny Smith for pies)

2 TBSP flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

Peel, core and slice the apples.  In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar and cinnamon.  Put the apples in the bowl and mix until coated. Roll out the bottom pie crust and line a 9″ pie plate.  Fill with the apples and cover with the top crust.  Seal the edge by pinching and fluting.  Cut vents in the top crust with a sharp knife.  Make a ring of foil and to keep the crust from getting too done around the edge. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes, remove foil, and bake an additional 25-30 minutes.  The top should be golden brown.

Some nice touches to make the basic pie more interesting are adding nutmeg, raisins and/or walnuts, or brushing the crust with an egg wash.  To make an egg wash, simply beat one egg and brush it on the crust before baking.  It will give the crust a shiny gold color.  If you really want to get fancy sprinkle some coarse sugar over the egg wash.

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