Chasing Davies: Homemade Apple Pie (my first ever)

October 18, 2013

Homemade Apple Pie (my first ever)

You guys, confession time. I've never made a pie, ever, never... until this past weekend.  After visiting the apple orchard and coming home with an abundance of apples, I decided to give it a go.  BUT, must admit, I didn't go all the way.  I used a pre-made dough by Pillsbury instead of making my own crust... baby steps here people.  I did cut the top layer of dough into strips to make a weave top to the pie, so that has to count for something.  Anyways, the best part is that the pie came out so delicious.  Even Liam thought so!
So here is my first ever pie and the recipe I followed (and subtle alterations I made...).

I followed this recipe, but added a bit more cinnamon and nutmeg (because I love them).  Using the pre-made Phillsbury dough was so easy. It comes with two, already rolled out and perfectly round separate crusts. You take the first one, just unroll it, place and press into an ungreased 9" pie plate then pour in your apple filling and top with the 2nd crust.

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

For the filling, you combine the following into a big bowl and gently stir:

6 cups of thinly sliced apples (was about 9 small ones for me; or probably 6 medium ones)
3/4 cups sugar
2 tbls all purpose flour (I used wheat flour)
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon (I used a bit more than 1 tsb)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg (I used about 1/4 tsp)
1 tbls lemon juice

To make the basket-weave top:
I used a pizza roller to separate the pre-made dough into 10 strips.
Then I pulled every other up and laid about a finger width apart in one direction across the top of the pie.
I used the remaining 5 stripes to weave under and over the ones already laid down in the perpendicular direction.
I'd rotate between start over or under the already laid stripes and go from there.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, but check in about half way through.  I placed foil over the edges at about 20 minutes into the baking to keep them from burning/getting too dry.

It's actually so easy and was so much better than any (fully) store bought pie I've ever had. 

Any ideas what to do with the rest of our apples?  

I'm thinking about trying this recipe for salted carmel apple tarts...

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