Thursday, September 23, 2010

Died And Gone To Heaven Apple Pie

I tweaked an old recipe and made this pie in honor of the first day of Fall. Wow! The best one I've ever eaten!

What's your favorite fall treat?

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust
pie or 1 package Pillsbury pie crusts
1 egg (for bottom shell)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
4 Granny Smith & 4 Red Delicious apples - peeled, cored and sliced (you want about 5 cups of apples in order to make a mound)
Finishing (Sanding) sugar (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

Spray the bottom and side with Butter-flavored dish (I prefer a glass dish). Place the bottom crust in your dish. Brush with egg white to prevent crust from getting soggy. Fill with apples, mounded.

Melt butter in a sauce pan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Stir until there are no more lumps. Add white sugar, brown sugar water, vanilla, and apple pie spice. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce temperature, and simmer 5 minutes. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the apples, saving enough to use as a glaze for the top crust.

Put on top crust and pinch sides together. Make slits with a knife or cut out designs using a small cookie cutter. Using a pastry brush, brush the remaining caramel sauce onto crust. Do this quickly before the sauce turns stiff. Sprinkle with finishing sugar if you'd like (can be purchased in stores like Sur La Table)

Bake on middle rack 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for 45 minutes. (I recommend placing a tray covered with foil on the bottom rack to catch any drips). Poke a fork into the center to make sure that the apples are soft. Remove and let cool.

Prepare for a bite of apple pie heaven!


Heather said...

Oh, that looks good! I've really been thirsting for some fresh, hot apple cider, especially with the cool days we've had here of late.

Dru said...

I must be the only person who doesn't like apple pie, in fact, I don't like any type of pie.

My favorite Fall treat is candy corns.

tonya kappes said...

That looks sooooo good. I love pumpkin pie.

Katie said...

I think I must might need to start making apple pie. yum.

Harbinger said...

Oh, my!!! This is going to be my new apple pie recipe. I sounds so good!

Publius said...

Hmmm. OK, I am pretty darned fond of my own apple pie recipe, but I love the idea of melting the butter and pouring it over the slices (instead of just dabbing).

One of my secrets (which might or might not work with this *brilliant* technique of yours) is adding dried apples along with the fresh. They absorb the liquid released by the fresh apples - when the pie is done, you can't even tell which are which - and keep the filling from shrinking.

But, dang, I like that syrup idea so much ... must experiment!

Maggie Sefton said...

Okay, I'll bring the vanilla ice cream, you just put that pie on the table, and look out!

Heather Webber said...

Yum, yum, yum! Will definitely try this out. And how cute are those little apple cut-outs???

Vickie said...

Oh, YUM! I love love love apple pie.

Favorite fall treat? Caramel apples....I love them and love making them with Lady K.

Linda McDonald said...

I love apple pie. That is probably my favorite fall treat. I wish I could reach into my computer and grab that photo of the pie right through my screen and have it land on a plate in front of me. It looks delicious. Thank you for the recipe.