My son went on an apple picking trip a few weeks ago with his kindergarten class. He had a great time and brought home lots of apples. You can only eat so many apples so I’ve also been busy cooking with the rest of them. Apple sauce has been made and I’ve started researching the best candy apple recipes so the caramel doesn’t get stuck in your teeth. This recipe for Caramel Apples with Lucy’s Granola Toffee Crumbles and Chocolate Shavings is a winner. I have also been testing some apple pie recipes. There are only so many hours in the day so I resorted to pre-made crust that I just had to roll out into the pan. My favorite recipe from the exercise is below.
Old Fashioned Apple Pie
Makes 1 8-9 inch pie
1 package pre-made pie crust
5 gala apples, peeled, cored and sliced
3 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg + 2 tablespoons(egg wash)
-Preheat oven to 425°F.
-Roll out one pie crust and gently press into greased pie pan. Allow excess dough to hang over the edge. Cover with plastic wrap and stick in the refrigerator to chill.
-In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and lemon zest. Add the sugars, flour and spices and mix to combine. Allow mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes to let the apples release more juices.
-Pour into prepared pie shell. Cut butter into small pieces and sprinkle over the apples.
-Roll out remaining pie crust. Cut into ½ inch strips. Place one layer of strips across the pie over the apples, about 1 inch apart… do not press edges down. Place another layer of strips perpendicular to the first layer. Weave the strips over and under the first layer of strips to create a lattice affect. Press down the edges of the pie crust to seal the layers together.
-Whisk together the egg and water to make the egg wash. Brush across the top of the pie crust.
-Bake pie for 30-35 minutes or unti top is golden brown and juices are bubbly.
-Cool on wire rack for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream.