Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dirt-Road Apple Pie

Dirt-Road Apple Pie

I got this brilliant idea to make an apple pie from scratch for the first time... and believe it or not it actually turned out as brilliant as my plan for once! (examine pictures)

So, I started off by sending my husband and toddler out to pick apples down the dirt-road... hence the name "Dirt-Road Apple Pie." My only instructions were "grab a few from each tree." 

In the meantime, I mixed up the crust...

Simple Pie Crust:
In a food processor or blender, mix:
             2 1/2 c flour
             1 tsp salt
             1 tsp sugar
             2 sticks chilled, cubed butter
Pour out onto a clean surface and use hands to work in 6-8  tablespoons of ice water.  Just enough for the dough to stick together, but do not overwork. Wrap in plastic wrap and cool in fridge for 1 hour... 

Once your loved ones have returned from apple picking, peel and chunk 8 cups of apples. Keep from browning by tossing in 2 tbsp lemon juice.

Use flour to roll out half of the dough and place in a pie pan. Mix in with the apples:
           3/4 c white sugar
           1/4 c brown sugar
           1/4 c flour
           1 tsp cinnamon
           1/4 tsp nutmeg

Pour apples over first crust, roll out second crust, and crimp edges together... I'll have to be honest, at this point, my kids were screaming so just get those crusts on and seal  the edges, brush on an egg yolk whipped in a tbsp. milk, and make some slits in the top. Pop in the oven at 375 for about 45 minutes.  

Cool, cut, and Enjoy!