Pie has always seemed like a huge undertaking, which is probably why I avoid making it. It’s mainly the crust that is daunting, so to avoid it I would get a store bought crust and put a crumble on top of my homemade filling. Buuut, it was my boyfriend’s birthday the other day, and after a month of him being away and working long hours every day, I figured I’d make his favorite apple pie as a birthday surprise. Shockingly, it wasn’t difficult at all to make the dough for the crust. I can’t pretend I did well rolling out the crust though, but I guess practice makes perfect. As usual, I got this amazing recipe from Bon Appetit.
For the crust: 2 & 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 10 tbsp chilled unsalted butter, 1/2 cup chilled vegetable shortening, 4 tbsp ice water
Mix together ingredients by hand, roll in a ball, divide in two, flatten into disks, and refrigerate. When ready, roll out chilled dough and place bottom in pie dish.
For the filling: 3 & 1/2 lbs sweet and tart apples, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp fresh lemon juice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp flour, 3 tbsp unsalted butter
Peel, core, and thinly slice apples. Toss with sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and flour. Then, pour apples into pie dish, add butter, and place second rolled out dough on top. Trim the edges, and fold over. Bake at 375 for about 2 hours.
I added the cinnamon sugar on top as the BA recipe called for, but my cinnamon sugar mixture burned a bit, so will need to tweak that. Also, I put in around 7 large apples and I definitely could have done more!