About a month ago, I made my first Homemade Apple Pie. I will be making this recipe again, and again, and AGAIN!
In the past, I have baked quite a few frozen pies and the first homemade berry pie I attempted was a complete disaster. So…let’s just say I was a bit intimidated by pie. I couldn’t yet comprehend the saying, “easy as pie.”
Thankfully, I had some amazing girls by my side to help me through the whole process. My sister, Sarah, and my best friend, Jocelyn, came over for a baking day! Spending time chatting, laughing, and learning the skill of pie making together is something I will not soon forget. To top it off, we had some delectable Apple Brownies to snack on with a warm mug of Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea that Sarah brought me.
And as far as baking, we not only made the most delicious Homemade Apple Pie, but I also made Apple Peel Twigs with all our leftover apple skins. It was APPLES for DAYS in our home!
HOMEMADE APPLE PIE
This apple pie is loaded with all that fall flavor you love! It is just the right amount of sweet, tart, and crisp. The filing held together perfectly and the crust was firm yet flaky. And because this recipe is so simple, please feel free to make it your own!!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 1/2 sticks of cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 1/3 cup of ice water
- 1 9 inch glass pie plate
- 6 (2 1/2 lbs.) apples of your choice (I used Granny Smith)
- 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. ground all-spice
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
1. CRUST: ( I like to make my dough 1 day ahead of time) Combine flour, salt, and butter in a large mixing bowl. Using your palms, fingers and thumbs, press the butter and flour together until there are no more large clumps of butter left (this can take a few minutes). Once your mixture has a smooth consistency, gradually stir in the ice water until the mixture holds together well (if the dough it is still cracking or crumbling apart you can add 1 Tbsp. of ice water at a time until it firms up).
2. CRUST: Lightly flour a surface and place your mixture onto that surface. You can now form it into one large ball of pie dough. Take your large ball of pie dough and separate it into two small and even-sized discs. Wrap those discs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 2 days.
3. FILLING: Core and peel your apples (save your apple skins to make Apple Peel Twigs). Thinly slice your apples lengthwise. Combine apples, spices, flour and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well until your apples are evenly coated.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Once your pie dough discs have been refrigerated, you can begin to work with them. On a lightly floured surface, roll your your first pie dough disc to the right size. Fit and place your dough in the pie plate (save extra dough for decorating the top of your pie). Pour the apple filling into your pie shell and dot the top with the small cubes of butter.
5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your second pie dough disc slightly larger than the size of your pie plate. Place on top of your apples and fold any excess dough under the edges of your bottom pie shell. To seal your pie, use the edges of a fork (floured) and press down slightly. Prick the top of your pie a few times to allow for airflow while baking.
Suggestion: Use any excess dough you might have to decorate the top of your pie with letters, leaves, hearts, snowflakes, etc. Also, to make your pie have a more golden and shiny glow, brush the top with a little egg wash and a sprinkle of sugar.
6. Bake your pie for 1 hour (give or take 5 minutes depending on your oven). Look for a golden brown color and a bubbling filling. Make sure you let your pie cool completely before serving. ENJOY! We sure did.
APPLE PEEL TWIGS
These Apple Peel Twigs are a healthy and sweet snack for any time of day. I like to add a little bit of everything, so don’t feel like you need to follow this recipe exactly.
- Apple peels from 12-18 apples (preferably organic)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. all-spice
- A healthy drizzle of clover honey or agave nectar
1. In a large bowl, toss apple peels with all ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
2. Spread prepared apple peels in a thin layer over 2 parchment-lined cookie sheets.
3. Bake at 250 degree F for 2.5 hours. Rotate cookie sheets after the first half. Let cool before consuming.
Enjoy these apple recipes together with friends, family, and community! Maybe a new Thanksgiving Day tradition!
* I was inspired by Martha Stewart Magazine, September Issue, for these fantastic apple recipes!