We’ve had a bit of a trash problem for the past few days- so I exchanged trash service for pie.
Beautiful, delicious, pain staking homemade apple pie.
Actually, if I’m being honest it’s been the last few weeks, and it’s all because I was very stubborn and refused to get a trash service. I like to save money, not spend it, and up until a few weeks ago we used Derr’s father’s truck to take trash back and forth. It was a great system, until someone else decided to use to the truck.
About 2 weeks go by, the trash mostly forgotten, begins to rot. Bad. Oh the smell emitting from that trash can was absolutely horrible. Worse than that? Maggots.
I like gore, but I HATE maggots. My husband is a mighty good man.
Needless to say though, he hates maggots too, and gave me an option: trash service, or a truck.
Well, then I went on vacation, promptly forgot, and by the time I got back we were in the same pickle again. Maggots, rot, all of it. Needed a truck, then and there. Fortunately, one of Derr’s work buddies had a truck and was willing. I felt so bad though, because it was putrid, that I offered to bake a pie.
Here we come, Pinterest!
Apple pies aren’t difficult to bake…ish. Sure, I could have run to Walmart and bought an apple pie, but where’s the fun in that?
So I embarked: homemade crust included.
I followed both the recipe for the pie crust and the pie itself… this is not a small endeavor.
Full disclosure: I’m a decent cook but a baby baker. I’ve made cookies by myself, and a few cobblers under elder cook supervision, but this is my first completely homemade apple pie. Now I understand completely why my grandmothers all said that pre-made pie crust was the best invention ever.
There’s a first for everything right?
I doubled the recipe for the crust because it’s unfair to send a homemade pie and have none for yourself. What if it tasted horrible?! I couldn’t risk that…
However, note from the picture above that I have deviated from the directions:
- I don’t have a food processor- so I used my Ninja.
I.. don’t recommend this. Instead of being the one minute pie crust, this turned into an hour long ordeal. I did mess up and try to do all 2 batches in the blender at one time, but the blender still did not do absolutely great.
2. I put it in the freezer instead of the refrigerator.
This is a good idea if you’re crunched for time, not such a great idea if you totally forget about it and leave it in the freezer for more than an hour. Luckily, this didn’t end up too too bad as it thawed pretty quickly after my mistake.
I did one traditionally rolling it out on my counter with flour, and one with the floured plastic wrap- do the floured plastic wrap whenever possible. So much easier, so much less mess.
Everything else about this recipe looked like it was going to go off without a hitch! Sugar, brown sugar, an ungodly amount of butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and apples. Except… I forgot to check to see if I had brown sugar. Pro tip- before starting a recipe, make sure you have all the ingredients. Baking 101 right?
Now, there is a sub for brown sugar. For every cup of sugar, use two table spoons of molasses- I had that! I know, molasses but no brown sugar…
I may or may not have snuck a few caramel apples…
15 minutes at 425 degrees, then another 35 at 350, and voila!!
So… I will say, this was a fantastic pie. Flaky crust, sweet but not overwhelming filling… all the good things. However a few pointers.
- I would like to make a bit more of the pie crust- I had enough to make one pie, with a double crust, and I should have followed the advice and made a bit more just so I could make the lattice better
- Use brown sugar? I mean it still tasted pretty sick, but for purely scientific purposes…
- Instead of using the caramel glaze over the lattice, I would probably use a simple butter and cinnamon mix on the crust- it was almost too much with the caramel glaze.
If you want a great go-to apple pie recipe- this is it. This pie is delish cold and hot. Just make sure you have brown sugar.