Just in time for Fall! Here's my recipe and tutorial for my 1st place award-winning Apple Pie including a tutorial on making a homemade crust which can be found here! I beat out a bunch of older ladies at my city's heritage festival Apple Pie cook-off. This pie won me the Key to the City!
I hope it lives up to my hype...
1 double-crust pie crust (separate tutorial can be found here)
8 cups of peeled, cored, and thinly sliced apples (Granny Smith are best but any will work)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp butter, cubed
2 Tbs maple syrup
1/4 cup whipping cream (or 1/4 cup melted vanilla ice-cream in place of the cream and vanilla extract)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Prepare your pastry crust. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half your crust into a 12in circle, place in your pie plate, trim away the excess and set aside.
In a large bowl, add your sliced apples. To them, add the sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Toss to coat the apples.
Pour into pastry lined pie plate.
Drizzle the maple syrup over the apples. Mix together the vanilla extract and heavy cream and pour over the apples (in a pinch, I've used a scoop of vanilla ice-cream that I melted in the microwave in place of the cream/vanilla and it worked GREAT). Dot with cubes of butter.
Roll out the remaining half of your pastry crust into a 12in circle. Using a pizza cutter, cut into strips.
Cover the pie using the lattice crust technique. See the tutorial here.
Use any leftover pastry scraps to make the border crust. I chose to cut tiny leaves out of the rolled dough and just overlap them around the edge, pressing slightly into the lattice to adhere them.
Brush the pie with a few Tbs of milk and sprinkle with granulated sugar (I used Raw Sugar).
Cover edges with tinfoil and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Then remove the tinfoil and continue to bake for 20-25 more minutes until fruit is tender and pie is bubbly. Let cool for 20 minutes before trying to cut it.