LUSCIOUS APPLE PIE

 

January 1, 2015

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This is the best apple pie I've ever had. It was intense, juicy and delicious. The pastry was great. Hands down, the best apple pie I ever had. The best. 

Instructions

CREAM CHEESE PIE CRUST

  • I'm still determined to get better at making the pastry by hand. As a matter of course, I chilled the dry ingredients and rubbed the cream cheese in with my fingers. This combines so easily and the flat cream cheese pieces must add to the flakiness of the pie.

Cream cheese worked into the flour mix.
Cream cheese worked into the flour mix.

  • I used the pastry cutter with the butter,

Try a pastry cutter to make pastry.
Try a pastry cutter to make pastry.

  • but I thought that maybe rubbing the butter into the flour would laminate the two ingredients nicely so I tried it.

Work the flour into the butter. with your hands.
Work the flour into the butter. with your hands.

  • It didn't rub in as well since the butter was ice cold, but the effect changed the final handling of the dough.

Notice how the dough isn’t dry, but really well incorporated. Not sure if I’ve over worked it at this point. We’ll see.
Notice how the dough isn’t dry, but really well incorporated. Not sure if I’ve over worked it at this point. We’ll see.

  • I stirred in the cream and vinegar

The dough with the cream and vinegar.
The dough with the cream and vinegar.

  • and dumped it mess on the counter.

The dough comes together nicely.
The dough comes together nicely

  • It was basically together. All I had to do was smear the dough one time and it was together.

Smearing the pastry together.
Smearing the pastry together.

  • It rolled out perfectly and handled nicely. We'll see how it bakes up.

Roll the pastry.
Roll the pastry.

FILLING

  • Prepare the Apples: I used Lobo apples because it's early in the season here. Lobos are super dry and not too sweet.

Cut and peel the apples.
Cut and peel the apples.

  • Thicken the Apple Cider: Easy.

Apple cider and cornstarch.
Apple cider and cornstarch.

  • Drain and Concentrate the Apple Juices: For as dry as the apples were, boy did they put out some juice.

The apples with sugar and spices.
The apples with sugar and spices.

  • I love when this happens because concentrating the more juices to concentrate, the more magic in the pie.

The apple juice and butter.
The apple juice and butter.

  • Complete the Filling: Easy

The concentrate hardened over the apples. I love it like this.
The concentrate hardened over the apples. I love it like this.Sealing the edges.
Sealing the edges.
Sealing the top pastry with the bottom pastry.
Sealing the top pastry with the bottom pastry.Apple pie ready for the oven.
Apple pie ready for the oven.

BAKE THE PIE

  • I rolled the pastry very thin so the finished effect was less dramatic, but it still puffed and showed me its beautiful layers.

Luscious Apple Pie, The Finer Cookie.
Luscious Apple Pie, The Finer Cookie.

  • I have high expectations for this pie. The proof is in the cutting.

If you look at this shot carefully, it looks like a bird: see the two eyes, beak and tongue. Maybe it’s the cocktail. Luscious Apple Pie The Finer Cookie.
If you look at this shot carefully, it looks like a bird: see the two eyes, beak and tongue. Maybe it’s the cocktail. Luscious Apple Pie The Finer Cookie

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Comments

7 Comments

Rose Levy Beranbaum   2017-01-08

it looks absolutely perfect!!!

faithy   2017-01-08

I like how your apples are cooked through, mine some was still quite crunchy..lol! I think those crunchy ones are the granny smith..

Kimberlie 2017-01-08

Thanks Faithy. The Lobo is a good baking app

evilcakelady   2017-01-08

I like your top crust design, too. And I'm interested in all your methods to get a perfect pie dough. I think I will try incorporating them next time.

Kimberlie 2017-01-08

I find making pastry by hand so satisfying. Thanks for your comment Jen

Patricia Dumais   2017-01-08

Awesome looking pie — the slice does look like a bird! Will definitely try this.

Kimberlie 2017-01-08

Thanks Patricia. When you try this, let me know. It's delicious

Patricia Reitz   2017-01-08

Absolutely beautiful, Kimberly! I've never heard of Lobos, but I tasted Goldies for the first time yesterday and I think I might have to give them a go. Happy Baking!

Kimberlie 2017-01-08

Thanks Patricia.

Patricia Reitz   2017-01-08

Correction - they're "blondie" apples.

Vicki   2017-01-08

Lobo apples, another one I've never heard of before. It's so interesting the different apples from different regions. Really like the way you cut your top crust design. Such a great pie.

Kimberlie 2017-01-08

It was a great pie

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