However this pie was particularly special because it used our apples, our very own apples, and the results were absolutely fantastic. Because my boyfriend doesn’t like cinnamon, I tend to use different spices to add flavor to my apple pies, resulting in a more cider like taste. Although, it should be noted, I haven’t gotten rid of the cinnamon entirely. That would just be wrong!
Fresh From the Tree Apple Pie
10-12 medium tart apples, peeled and cored. (Approx 3 – 3 1/2 cups)
1 cup evaporated cane juice*
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
*The sugar content can be adjusted to your taste and to the tartness of your apples. Always taste your apples before applying sugar!
Cut the apples into fairly thick slices – I like them to be about 1/4 – 1/2 inch. Mix the apples with the spices and sugar and pour into your pie crust.
Below are the crust recipe and baking instructions.
Amazing Pie Crust
1 3/4 c all purpose flour
3/4 c whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 c lard, chilled (learn how to render at home here)
3 TBSP butter, chilled and cut into cubes
5-6 TBSP ice water.
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 TBSP sugar
Prior to rolling the dough out, let it warm up for about 10 minutes or so otherwise you will have a hard time. Also be sure to use a lot of flour while rolling it out!
After the pie is constructed, brush a thin layer of heavy cream over the crust with a pastry brush. Sprinkle some raw sugar on the top for texture. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about an hour or until the crust is brown and the filling is bubbly.
Serve drizzled with more heavy cream to bring everything together.
This post was my weekly contribution to Real Food Wednesday’s hosted this week by Kelly the Kitchen Kop.