Rustic Double-Crust Apple Pie

When I was living in California, my friend Jenny suckered me into making pies and due to time, we never did get around to it. Last Christmas, I vowed to myself that I was going to make apple pie from scratch, but I feared of messing it up somehow. I did make the filling which smelled delicious and eventually made the crust and let it sit in the fridge for a few days. When it came time to finally put the whole piece together, it actually went really well. My husband, who generally doesn’t help, came and helped me roll out the dough and cut the lattice and everything (except the clean up of course). After pulling it out of the oven, I was surprised to find the whole process so easy and was so proud of us both for accomplishing this task together!

The flavor of the crust was really buttery and delicious. I think next time, I would bake the bottom crust a little longer and the whole pie longer as well. I didn’t exactly get the nice golden brown crust I was looking for. The filling? Absolutely DELICIOUS!! Perfect combo! Not too sweet and not too tart. Though, I felt like it was missing something… I can’t pin point it, but a spice I’m sure.

After creating this, I feel like I can pretty much tackle any pie! :) Will have to look into making some more, but hopefully my husband will be there to help.

Rustic Double-Crust Apple Pie
Recipe from Pies, Pies & More Pies by Viola Goren

Pastry Dough

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup cold heavy whipping cream

Filling

1 stick unsalted butter
3 Granny Smith Apples and 4 Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (I squeezed a lemon over mine to avoid browning)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Egg Wash

1 egg yolk with 2 tsp of water.

Prepare Pastry In an electric mixer fitted with paddle, mix flour, sugar and butter until texture is sandy. Add egg yolk and cream, mixing until dough forms. Shape into a thick round, wrap with plastic cling wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Divide chilled dough into two pieces, with one piece about twice as big as the other. Return smaller piece to fridge. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough about 1/4 inch thick and cut into a 12-inch round. Wrap dough loosely around rolling pin and transfer to 9-inch pie pan. Trim edges and freeze for 30 mins.

Preheat oven to 340F. Line chilled pie shell with parchment paper and fill with baking weights (or raw beans). Bake until crust is dry and lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Remove paper and weights and bake until crust is golden and baked through, 10-15 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

Prepare Filling In a large pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add apples, sugar and cinnamon, cook for about 10 minutes, until apples are soft. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Transfer apple pie filling to baked pie shell and even out. On a lightly floured surface, roll out smaller piece of dough into a 10-inch round. Place dough on top of filling and crimp edges to seal.** Cut out shapes to make slits on top to vent. Brush with egg wash and bake until top crust is golden, about 40 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

** We lattice weaved ours.

Apple Turnovers

So, i recently discovered a new type of apple which i’ve fallen in love with. Honeycrisp. They’re delicious by itself, but i’ve been dying to make some apple turnovers for my mom. Monday night, while trying to watch Gossip Girl and bake at the same time which is very hard to do when the kitchen doesn’t face the TV. It was very messy trying to roll out the pastry sheets bigger and i should of probably cut the apple into small bite size pieces. Overall, DELICIOUS!! I used the recipe posted by The Pioneer Woman, but also added a few of my own.

Simple Apple Turnovers
Original recipe based from The Pioneer Woman

2 sheets puff pastry, cut into 8 large squares or 12 medium squares
3 apples, cored and cut into bite size pieces
1 cup brown sugar
2 swirls of honey
1 TBsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Egg Wash:
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 TBsp water

Preheat oven to 415 degrees.
Place puffed pastry rectangles onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Add brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to apples. Stir to combine. Allow to sit for a few minutes.
Spoon apple mix into the middle of one square. Brush egg wash around the edges and add another square on top. Seal the edges together using the back of a fork.
OR You can just fold them into triangles and seal the edges.
Brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until pastry is puffed and golden brown.