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It’s Easy As Apple Pie! Bake This Picture-Perfect Pie On May 13 For National Apple Pie Day

There’s really no need for an excuse like National Apple Pie Day (on May 13) to bake an apple pie from start to finish. But if you’ve never attempted to bake one, why not start today with this foolproof recipe by Cynthia Patos of Cynfully Sweets? There’s something special about the combination of buttery, flaky crust and sweet cinnamon-laced apples, especially when fresh baked and still hot out of the oven. Cynthia shares, “This dessert embodies who I am as a baker to a tee. I had to make this recipe numerous times until I finally felt I had it ‘just right.’ It has become one of my favorite pies.” She suggests serving it still warm with dulce de leche ice cream and chocolate sauce for one simply decadent treat!

 

Cyn’s Apple Pie

 

 

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar?
  • 1 teaspoon salt?
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 227 grams unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup cool water?
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice?
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1 egg, beaten with water
  • coarse cinnamon sugar, for topping

 

1. In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, and salt with oil. Cut in butter, careful not to overmix. Add water and lemon juice and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.?

2. Form dough into a ball, cover in plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour.?

3. Meanwhile, prepare the apple filling (recipe below). Preheat oven to 400°F.?

4. Once dough is chilled, divide into batches. Sprinkle flour on a clean surface, and roll first batch into a circle, around 1/4-inch thick.

5. Sprinkle flour onto the pie plate. Carefully lift dough onto the plate and push down gently. Do not over handle dough. Use the rolling pin to trim away excess by rolling it over the pie plate after laying the dough.

6. Fill with apple filling, drop small butter cubes on top. Place in the refrigerator while preparing the top crust.?

7. Roll out second batch of dough, as in step 4. Cover the pie, cut steam “escape” holes at top. Dock edges with a fork, or finish using a lattice top technique (pictured).?

8. Once complete, brush with a generous coating of egg wash and a sprinkling of coarse cinnamon sugar.?

9. Bake for 10 minutes at 400°F then reduce temperature to 375°F and bake until golden brown, about 40 to 50 minutes depending on size of pan.

 

APPLE FILLING:

  • 6 cups thinly sliced apples
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed?
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon?
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg?
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch?
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons brandy

Simmer apple slices in a saucepan until juices are released. Add all other ingredients and cook on low heat until thickened. Remove from heat, add brandy and stir. Let cool completely before using.

 

 

This recipe first appeared in FOOD Magazine, December 2014-January 2015 Issue

Photos by Paulo Valenzuela