For some, Autumn is a sad reminder that summer is over, but for me it is the pleasant and sweet smell of caramelized apples oozing out of the pie crust. Just as the leaves are starting to turn colour and start to fall to the ground; the orchards are filled with ripe apples to be picked and the air becomes cool and crisp.
Autumn also reminds me of when I arrived in Paris at the beginning of a new adventure as I was about to start the fall semester at the Le Cordon Bleu. One of the first things I learnt to make at Le CordonBleu was an apple tart baked in a bottomless ring.
Some of the simple techniques I learned included how to properly peel and slice an apple; the perfect thickness of the slice and the most presentable size. So many miniscule details to make the perfect dessert.
All of these things stay with you and sometimes when you bake familiar things, it evokes these wonderful memories and take your dessert to a whole new level.
Last week I baked an apple pie with my 4 year old son, Xander. He loves to help in the kitchen and he has a soft spot for pies, especially in his tummy. I’m so impressed that he’s almost mastered crimping the pie shell. I hope he will remember and cherish these memories that we are creating together and I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. :)🍏🍎
Apple Pie Recipe:
Makes 2 single crusts or 1 double crust
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tblsp sugar
1 cup butter
1/4 cup or less cold water
Pulse the flour, salt, sugar and butter. Slowly add just enough water until the dough is combined.
Flatten and chill until ready to use.
Blind bake at 400F for 20 min or until brown
*Do not pre-bake for Apple tart or Apple Pie
Apple Pie Filling:
4-5 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (any variety but I generally use a mix of red + green)
1/2 cup sugar
3 tblsp maple syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
2 tblsp flour
1 tblsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup butter, chopped
For the top:
1/4 cup cream (or egg wash)
Raw sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 425°F
In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, vanilla and flour. Toss to evenly combine and layer into the pie dish. Dot with the chopped butter.
Roll out your second pie shell and crimp the edges with the base layer overhang to create a sealed crust. If you have any pastry leftover, you can make cutouts and decorate the top.
If you want to keep your pie eggless, brush cream all over the pie crust (and edges) with a pastry brush and generously sprinkle the raw sugar over top.
With a sharp knife, make slits in a decorative pattern and bake in your preheated oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the crust is golden.
Let cool before slicing. Enjoy!
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