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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In the spirit of baking untraditional pies. Here comes the apple!

I absolutely love this pie! I'll share the recipe, but will let the pictures do all the talking. You know.. that "one picture is worth a thousand words" thing :)

  • 1 c. flour
  • 0.5 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 c. chilled butter
  • 1/8 c. ice water
  • 1/8 c. vodka (I used vanilla vodka)
Mix together salt and flour, then cut butter into this mixture, until coarse crumbs form. Now add your liquids, a spoon at a time, while tossing with a fork - until dough forms. Shape it into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and stick in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Filling (mix together):
  • 7 medium Gravenstein or Granny Smith apples - thinly sliced
  • 0.5 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. flour
  • 0.5 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/3 c. chilled butter
Mix together brown sugar, flour, and nutmeg. Cut butter into this mixture until you have coarse crumbs once again.

Roll the dough on a floured surface with a rolling pin, then fit into a 9-in. pie pan. Make sure to leave at least 1-inch overhang. As you will see from the picture, I'm not a "crust master", therefore, my crust is as boring-looking as they come. If you know how to make the crust look pretty, with all the squiggly edges, please talk to me! :)

Now spoon the apple filling into your crust.

Sprinkle apples evenly with topping, and bake at 400F, on the lowest rack, for about 35 minutes - until topping is browned.

Now the pictures:

Perfect crust - CHECK (thank you, vodka!)

Perfect golden topping - CHECK

Filling done right , not too crunchy, not too mushy - CHECK!

Fresh ice cream is a MUST! Enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. I love a good apple pie. I've never experimented with vodka in the crust. Curious to try this!