Since fall is officially here, it’s time to make a seasonal classic: apple pie.
This pie-making process stretched out over the course of two days, and I had the help of my boyfriend Brian (who actually knows how to cook, so I give him most of the credit for this not turning into a disaster.)
Thursday night, we started on making the pie crust. Take 2 and a half cups of all purpose flour, a cup of unsalted butter, and 1/2 a teaspoon of salt and mix until it is crumbly. The recipe we used calls for a food processor, but we didn’t have one so Brian mixed it by hand.
Then, take 7 tablespoons of ice water and split it in half. Mix that with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Pour half of that into the dry ingredients and mix, then add the rest gradually. Once the dough for the crust is done, it should looks something like this:
Roll out two 9-inch circles of dough and place them in the fridge for 30 minutes. If you don’t have a roller, use a wine glass! It works great.
The dough only needs to sit for 30 minutes, but it can be left in over night, which is what we did. Some fun fall activities to do while waiting for the dough to finish setting: go to the local pumpkin patch and say hi to an 80-pound catfish.
Or just stay home and start working on the filling. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Then, combine 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 1/2 cup of white sugar, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1/4 cup of water, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon in a large sauce pan.
Bring that mixture to a boil and then take it off the heat. Set it aside. Then, take 6 peeled, medium-sized apples and slice into thin strips.
Once the pastry is done in the fridge, take it and roll it out to fit the pie pan. This is usually about 9 inches. Place the apples into the pie pan on top of the crust.
Take the second disk of dough and roll it out to about 10 inches, then slice into thin strips with a pizza cutter. Lay those strips out over the top of the pie in any design. Once that is done, drizzle the cinnamon and sugar sauce over the top of the pie.
Place the pie in the oven for about 15 minutes. Once that passes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for 30-45 minutes.
Take it out of the oven and there should be a beautiful golden-brown pie that you and your friends will devour in about 15 minutes. Enjoy!