Today's recipe is no exception! While at the library a couple weeks ago, I borrowed the Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook, limited edition pink plaid cookbook. I think everybody has the red plaid book, well, except for me, so this pink book grabbed my attention. And, it's rather fitting that I chose that considering that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
1 recipe for double-crust pie
6 cups thinly sliced, peeled cooking apples (about 2 1/4 lbs)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (optional)
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375*. Prepare and roll out pastry for double-crust pie. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry circle.
2. If desired, sprinkle apples with lemon juice. In a large bowl stir together sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add apple slices, and, if desired, cranberries. Gently toss until coated.
3. Transfer apple mixture to pastry-lined pie plate. Trim bottom pastry to edge of pie plate. Cut slits in remaining pastry circle; place on filling and seal. Crimp edge as desired.
4. If desired, brush top pastry with milk and sprinkle with additional sugar. To prevent over-browning, cover edge of pie with foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 20 minutes more or until fruit is tender and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. To serve warm, let pie cool for at least 2 hours.
NOTES: I took the easy way out and used store-bought pie dough. I don't own a rolling pin and having made pie crust from scratch, I can tell you it's worth the cost to buy pre-made dough. I used Granny Smith apples. I did use the lemon AND the cranberries. I like the tiny touch of tart they lend to the pie.
It kinda looks like my pie is wearing a foil hat to ward off an alien invasion. But it's not. I'll call this a pie hat - it helps protect the edge of the crust from getting too brown while allowing the inside to bake and the middle to brown.
Baked to perfection! This smelled so good - I almost didn't want to wait til the hubs got home to dig in to it. But, luckily for him, I did.
I had never made a double-crust apple pie before. Usually the hubs prefers crumb-top apple pie, but I gave him the choice and he said "What the hell? Let's go with double this time." I was kinda surprised, but the man never ceases to surprise me. The spices in this pie weren't too strong - I hate it when you bite in to an apple pie (or any kind of pie, for that matter) and you can't taste the apples. Oh, and the crust came out perfectly browned with the aid of the pie hat.
Do you have a favorite pie? Or even a favorite dessert? This isn't my *favorite* dessert, but it's definitely up in the top 5. I don't know what it is about cooking, but things always seem to taste better when somebody else makes it for you!
Well, I can hear Thing 2 has woken from his nap. I guess that means my blogging session is over and it's time to feel the animals. Have a great rest of your day!