I spent a fun day in Julian (up in our nearby mountains) last month picking apples. It was something I’ve always wanted to do (bucket list!) and definitely something we’ll do again in coming years. Fun fall tradition! And I ended up with bags of freshly picked organic apples. Yum!
And what to do with said apples? Well, I’ve been working our way through the bags for the past month (yes, I still have some left), making applesauce, applesauce cookies, butternut squash and apple soup, apple oat bars, and eating an apple a day (at least!). What else to do with an abundance of apples?
Make apple pie! I realized I didn’t have a tried and true recipe so googled around and found a couple different recipes on All Recipes. The crust and pie came from different recipes and I slightly adapted to fit our tastes. It was so delicious! I want to make this again for sure! Another fall tradition in the making.
1 cup unsalted butter, chilled
3 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup ice water
Combine flour and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer. Cut butter into tablespoon pieces; add to bowl. Use the paddle beater to cut the butter and flour together.
With the mixer on low speed, pour in water. When dough starts to clump, and before it turns into a ball, stop stirring.
Lightly knead dough in the bowl until it forms a ball. Divide dough into two parts. Flatten each part into a disk, and chill for 30 minutes. Roll out and place one crust into pie dish.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
7 cups thinly sliced pared apples, peeled (about 5 large apples)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 egg white
In small bowl, combine sugar, flour and spices; set aside. In large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Add sugar mixture; toss well to coat. Place apple filling into crust in pie dish; dot with butter. Roll out remaining dough to fit top of pie. Cut a few slits in top. Beat egg white until foamy; brush over pastry. Sprinkle sugar on top. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. Increase temperature to 400 degrees and bake 10-15 minutes more or until golden.