Hello all! I hope you all are doing great! It is now the last week of September and I can already feel my life getting back to normal! No more vacations/traveling for at least 2 months and significantly less going on in my life, so that means more blogging! I have pretty high expectations for the month of October, so stay tuned!
Last week I had the pleasure of going to visit my Grandpa and my family in Ohio! It’s always a much simpler life visiting Ohio. My family is super chill and I love it. Days are filled with antiquing in obscure shops in small towns, and nights are spent sitting by campfires and sipping on apple cider. Everything just slows down and it’s a nice break from the hectic thing we call life. As you saw from my last post, we went to Quarry Hill Orchards and got some yummy apples! So it’s only fitting that we make the best thing you can make from apples…. apple pie! Today we are taking baking lessons from my sweet step-mom Kim!
First step is to get some apples! Obviously. My dad insisted that we use at least 1 apple from his apple tree in the backyard, so we picked one for the pie!
You will need 6 cups of chopped apples! We chopped them up into little cubes. Take those chopped apples and put them in a big mixing bowl!
Next, you’ll need 2/3 cups sugar, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp tapioca, and 1 tbsp butter. Take all those ingredients and put them in the mixing bowl with the chopped apples! Mix all those ingredients together and let that sit. At first it’ll look really dry, but the longer you let it sit it’ll become juicy.
Next, we will make the crust! No store-bought crust here! So you’ll need 2 1/4 cup sifted flour, 3/4 tsp salt, 3/4 cup shortening, and about 5 tbsp water (it may look really dry, but once you start kneading it it should become a really thin and stick together well.) That mix should make a full top and bottom pie crust. Turn your oven to 425 degrees. Next, place 1/2 your crust dough in a pie bowl. Then, take all of your inside mix and the juices and pour it into the pie dough.
Then lay the rest of your pie dough on top and seal the outside of the top and bottom crust. We took a fork and just squished the outside of the pie dough around the rim. Make sure you cut some holes in the top of the crust to allow the inside to cook properly. I attempted to make floral design on the top…. it didn’t end up looking as well as I had hoped. Oh well, it’ll be eaten anyways!
Next, place your beautiful pie in the oven for 45 min to an hour. When that time is up, take your pie out and dig in!
Doesn’t that look yummy!?!?
Thanks to Kim for letting me use her recipe and being our baker for the day! Hope y’all have a great day!
Inside Ingredients: 6 cups chopped apples, 2/3 cups sugar, 1/4 nutmeg, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp tapioca, 1 tbsp butter
Crust ingredients: 2 1/4 cup sifted flour, 3/4 tsp salt, 3/4 cup shortening, about 5 tbsp water
1. Chop apples into cubes and place in mixing bowl. Place all ingredients for the inside in that bowl and mix together. Let sit while making crust.
2. Place all crust ingredients in a bowl and mix. Once it gets thick enough to form dough, start kneading. Then roll out flat.
3. Place half of pie crust in pie tin. Then fill with the inside mix. Place second half of pie crust on top and poke holes in crust top.
4. Place pie into oven at 450 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.
5. Take out and enjoy!