Now that the weather is finally starting to get cooler, it’s the perfect time to pick apples (or go to the grocery store and buy them). We picked up some Spy and Cortland apples, both of which are great for baking as they retain their shape and crunch.
This apple pie is a bit of a concoction, and we tested out some cool tricks to make the pie crust flakey. After a couple attempts, it worked perfectly. The secret is the use of apple cider and apple cider vinegar.
This pie is dairy free, and can be vegan if you swap out the egg wash for melted margarine.
For the Crust:
4 cups cake and pastry flour
12 tbsp. apple cider (cold) – Can be purchased at the grocery store. If unavailable you can substitute for ice water.
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup margarine
3/4 cup coconut oil
For the Filling:
8 cups of thinly sliced apples (about 8 medium or 6 large)
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. salt
For the Egg Wash:
1 large egg white, lightly beaten – swap for melted margarine to make this recipe vegan.
Preheat the oven to 450˚F.
Combine 1 cup flour, cider and vinegar in a small bowl.
In a large bowl, combine remaining flour, powdered sugar and salt.
Add coconut oil and margarine (cut into small pea sized balls). Cut into flour mixture with a pastry cutter.
Add wet ingredients to this mixture.
Divide dough in half and cover each with plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.
To prepare filling, cut apple into a large bowl and add remaining filling ingredients.
Roll out (on a floured surface) 1 of the divided pie crusts to approx. 1/8 inch thick (large enough so there is overhang off the edge of the pie plate.
Cut off the excess dough and design the edges however you would like. Here I pinched the edges.
Put the filling in the pie crust.
Roll out remaining dough and cut into 1/2 inch strips. Weave together to create a lattice. Alternatively you can roll out the dough and place on top. If you choose this method, ensure that you cut holes in the top to let steam escape.
Brush pie with egg wash (or melted margarine)
Bake at 450˚F for 15 minutes before changing the temperature to 350˚F. Bake for an additional 35-50 minutes (until golden brown)
Feel free to use extra pie dough for design or to make mini pies in ramekins. For mini pies, change additional baking time to 25-30 mins.
Enjoy this delicious fall dessert with a side of vanilla ice cream.
Science Fact of the Week:
Our science fact this week relates to the use of different kinds of apples. Three apples that are great for pies are Spy, Cortland or Granny Smith apples. The texture of the apple is the most important. Macintosh are great for eating, but won’t suit the right texture for pie. You want to avoid apples that will get soft.