Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: The Best Apple Pie


Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Best Apple Pie

Today I want to highlight another recipe that I made for our Holiday Dinner. I wanted to make a homemade pie for Christmas, so I thought Christy Jordan's Apple Pie would be perfect.  Actually this is the third time I've made this wonderful pie, so I guess you can say I'm a bit obsessed with it.

Over Thanksgiving I took one to my mother in laws house and everyone loved it. This recipe is really easy to prepare and I love the addition of the apple juice. Apple pie is my youngest sons favorite, so a big thank you to Christy's mom for sharing this recipe.  
 The apples pile up perfectly and the pie looks beautiful when you cut the first piece. I agree with Christy about cutting the apples into chips. By cutting the apples they layer so nicely and the first thing you see when this pie is cut is layers of stacked apples. This recipe is easy peasy to follow, so even a first time pie maker can handle this recipe. 

If you would rather have a homemade pie crust I have included a recipe at the end of this post. It really just depends on how much time you have on your hands. Homemade by all means is the best but, sometimes I get in a pinch and store bought pie crust comes through every time. Lets get started and make some apple pie!


Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees. Unroll and place one pie crust on the bottom of a 8 or 9 inch pie plate. Peel and cut apples into 1/4 inch size chips (see above in photo) and place in a large bowl.

In separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients and add to the apples. In a small bowl combine all the the liquid ingredients. 


Pour the liquid ingredients over the apples and toss the apple mixture to combine. Spoon the apple mixture into prepared pie crust.


Place the second crust over the apples and press both pie crusts together to seal edges. Fold the edges over towards the middle of the pie and then crimp the edges with your fingers. Cut a few slits on the top with a knife so the steam can escape. 


Melt the butter and brush over the crust. Sprinkle a bit of sugar on top before baking. Place in oven and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. 


Remove pie from oven and cover the entire pie with foil (leaving center open, see above picture). You just want the outer edge covered to prevent it from burning. Reduce heat to 375 and continue baking for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown. Remove foil and cool completely before serving. 

Look how beautiful!! This is the best apple pie I have ever made. The flavors infuse together so nicely. 


The Best Apple Pie

Ingredients:
1 - package refrigerated pie crust or homemade (recipe below)
7-9 apples (prefer a combo of golden delicious & granny smith), cut into chips
3/4 - cup sugar
1/4 - cup corn starch
1 - teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 - teaspoon allspice
1/8 - teaspoon nutmeg
dash of salt
2 - tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 - cup apple juice or apple cider
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - tablespoon melted butter

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 425. Unroll and place one pie crust on the bottom of a 8 or 9 inch pie plate. Peel and cut apples into 1/4 inch size chips (see above in photo) and place in a large bowl. 

In separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients and add to the apples. In a small bowl combine all the the liquid ingredients. 

Pour the liquid ingredients over the apples and toss the apple mixture to combine. Spoon the apple mixture into prepared pie crust. 

Place the second crust over the apples and press both pie crusts together to seal edges. 

Fold the edges over towards the middle of the pie and then crimp the edges with your fingers. 

Cut a few slits on the top with a knife so the steam can escape. Melt the butter and brush over the crust. Sprinkle a bit of sugar on top before baking. 

Place in oven and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cover entire pie with foil (leaving center open, see above picture). You just want the outer edge covered to prevent it from burning.

Reduce heat to 375 and continue baking for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown. Remove foil and cool completely before serving. 

Cook's Note: If you are looking for a homemade pie crust recipe I happen to stumble on a great recipe below. 

adapted from: Southern Plate



Homemade Pie Crust

Ingredients:
2 - cups all purpose flour
1/2 - cup butter
1/2 - cup shortening
1/2 - cup cold water
pinch salt

Directions:
Mix flour and salt. Using a pastry blender cut butter and shortening. It should be a bit crumbly with the chunks of dough about pea size. 

Add water 1 tablespoon at a time. Be careful because you do not want this to become too wet, so add 1 tablespoon at a time.

Mix until it forms into a dough. Form into a ball and flatten into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour. You want this cold.

Cut the dough in have and roll dough out and place in a pie pan. Roll out a second 
crust and place on top. 

For pudding or strawberry pie: 
This is important. Cold dough helps keep your crust from shrinking during baking. If you're needing a pre-baked crust. 

Maybe a pudding pie or strawberry follow these directions, Roll out dough, place in pan, prick with a fork. Then line the crust with foil and place beans or rice on top of the foil.

You can also use pie weights, but rice or beans is much cheaper. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove foil and rice/beans/weights, whatever you use, then bake for another 9 minutes. Cool and fill. Enjoy!

This pie crust turns out flaky and perfect ever time.

recipe makes: double crust

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9 comments:

AK Mom said... #

This is a gorgeous looking pie!!
I like the idea of cutting the apples into chips. I'm going to have to try that.
I have really enjoyed visiting your blog. All the recipes look so delicious. :)

Reeni said... #

What a wonderful looking pie! Great idea to cut the apples into pieces. YUM!!

Southern Plate said... #

Hey Tina!!! I am so jealous! I wish I were there!! I love this pie but I can't imagine how much more I'd love it if someone else cooked it for me!!
Thank you for the Southern Plate shout out, as always!!!!
Gratefully,
Christy

Stephanie said... #

That pie is just beautiful! You did a great job. I know what you mean about Southern Plate recipes - every one that I try turns out wonderful too!

rich said... #

That's a good looking pie...what's the inside like?

Anonymous said... #

I made the chocolate pie for my Dad. He is a diabetic so I used Splenda for the sugar and left out the vanilla. It was sooo good. I Used carnation milk. The pie was so creamy and great. Thank You. I made the strawberry cake for my husband, he loved it. Not too sweet. My next project is the apple pie. I am so thankful I found your website.

montreal florist said... #

Wow! It's look really delicious. What a lively apple pie. Happy holidays and Happy New Year!

Anonymous said... #

I made the Southern Plate Apple Pie & it is the best apple pie I have ever eaten!!! My family agrees too! Such an easy recipe. Thanks so much for sharing! This will be the only apple pie I will ever serve!!! Love Love Love it!!!

Anonymous said... #

I am French so I don't know what good old lard is.... Can you tell me please so I can find something similar.
Thank you