Quick and Delicious Apple Pie

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Quick and Delicious Apple Pie

This is the first year I have ever embarked on cooking the whole Thanksgiving spread from start to finish. Matt and I decided that it would be best to stay local this year because we both had a lot of studying we needed to get accomplished before classes resume on Monday. Traveling unfortunately is both time consuming and expensive but we look forward to traveling for Christmas. Anyhow, I decided to get a few of my desserts out of the way before the mashed potatoes, turkey, and stuffing extravaganza begins tomorrow. Living in an apartment doesn’t necessarily make the task of cooking Thanksgiving too easy with only one stove and a few burners to utilize. I took a few shortcuts with a few of my dishes to help speed things up a bit. Be on the lookout for the rest of my Thanksgiving recipes this week; the menu includes: semi-homemade cornbread stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, cream cheese and chive mashed potatoes, gravy, and of course turkey! (with perhaps a new twist!). Plus Matt’s favorite Thanksgiving dessert will be making an appearance. So as you can see, I’m going to be very busy the next several hours…and then onto black Friday shopping!

 The Ingredients:

Make one 9 inch pie

  • Pie crust…either homemade (check out Smitten Kitchen recipe; I’ve used it before and it is delicious!) or store bought (I took this route this time because I have so many tasks to get done before the meal tomorrow! I recommend Immaculate Ready to Bake All Natural Pie Crusts)
  • 4 Granny Smith Apples
  • 4 Golden Delicious Apples
  • For the filling:
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tsps sugar
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Splash of apple cider (if you have some like we did!)

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Peel and slice apples; I recommend using a mandolin if you have one! Makes this task so much easier! I had mine set on 1/4 inch (6mm)
  • Add about 1-2 tsp of lemon juice to the apples to prevent them from turning brown
  • Add sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, and salt to apples; stirring apples to make sure each piece is coated well
  • Add a splash of apple cider to the apples and let them sit in the bowl soaking up all the deliciousness while you prepare your crust
  • Gently press crust into pie pan and gently pour apple mixture into the pan
  • Top with pie crust and if desired lightly brush crust with an egg wash (1 egg + splash of milk; helps pie to brown evenly)
  • Bake in lower 1/3 of the oven for 45 minutes till crust is brown and apples are soft (I baked my pie uncovered for 15 minutes before putting tinfoil around the edges to ensure the crust didn’t get too brown)
  • Interested in making a lattice pie crust too? check out this video on youtube
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