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Nothing says fall like apple pie! September 14, 2009

Filed under: Baking,Garden Fresh,Real Food Wednesday,Recipe — realfoodmama @ 10:27 pm
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Constructing the Pie

Constructing the Pie

We planted a few apple trees this year and while we pinched back most of the buds, I decided to save enough on our Granny Smith tree to make one pie. The apples have just started falling this week and so I decided to take advantage both of their ripeness and the cooler weather to make an apple pie with them – hopefully the first of many as we will soon be going to a local orchard to do some picking.

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

Finished Apple Pie

Finished Apple Pie

Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl and whisk several times to mix. Add the lard and the cubed butter. Using a pastry cutter, mix the lard and butter into the flour until the mixture resembles crumbs – the pastry may start to come together a bit at this point. Add the ice water one teaspoon at a time until you can pick up the pastry and it will hold its shape when squeezed. Split the pastry in half and shape into disks. Store each pastry disk in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least a half hour.

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.

Happy Eating!

This post was my weekly contribution to Real Food Wednesday’s hosted this week by Kelly the Kitchen Kop.


10 Responses to “Nothing says fall like apple pie!”

  1. cookingupaphd Says:

    Looks great! Like your site.

  2. beautiful pie thanks for sharing

  3. Diana Says:

    Looks fabulous! How great to have your own apple trees. I’m sure next year, the harvest will be fantastic!

  4. ValleyWriter Says:

    It must have felt great to make something that you truly started “from scratch.” Bravo!

  5. alexis Says:

    Looks yummy! I’ve been doing the apple/fall thing lately as well–apple crisp, apple cider, etc… Love your website!

  6. Debi Says:

    We are still a few weeks away from cooler weather and apples—starting to crave cinnamon now though! Your apple pie looks delicious!

  7. realfoodmama Says:

    Thanks for all the comments everyone! Hope you are all enjoying the change in weather.

    We had a violent thunderstorm last night that lasted for about an hour and a half here. It was amazing!

    – RFM

  8. I’m so jealous you have your own apple trees! I’d love to plant some, too, but heard that they take a lot of pesticides or they’re hard to control – did you find that? If you have tips for me (I’m in Michigan), I’d love to try this!

    Thanks for joining in on Real Food Wednesday!


  9. realfoodmama Says:

    Kelly –

    I am hardly an expert, as this is our first year, but as far as our fruit trees go, the apples seem pretty low maintenance. Our Cherry trees on the other hand seem to attract a lot of bugs and we have had problems with them.

    Our growing season here in New Mexico is so different from Michigan I wouldn’t know where to start! Have you tried contacting your county extension office? They frequently have info on tricks and tips for growing successfully.

    – RFM

  10. […] is now ready to go into your pastry cups. Using your favorite pie dough recipe – such as the one found here. Roll out the dough until it is fairly thin – thinner than you would use in a regular pie. I […]

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