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Christmas Apple Pie

I have never made a pie before, until now that is. There was something intimidating about making a pie, maybe it was the crust? My favorite fruit pie is apple so that is what I decided to make. I will admit, it was not as hard as I thought it would be! It was delicious and if you are on the fence about making one, you should totally go for it!

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cold butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling: 

  • Approx 4 apples cored, peeled and sliced. (Be sure to use baking apples. I used Granny Smith)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • splash of water

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • For the crust, mix together flour sugar and salt. I mixed mine in a mixing bowl using a fork, but if you can pulse in a food processor.
  • Add in cold butter. Be sure to add in in the form of cubes or dollops and mix.
  • Slowly add in water, one tablespoon at a time. You will have a crumbly mixture.
  • Before the dough has formed a complete ball, bring it together with your hands. Form the dough into a disk and wrap in saran wrap. Keep in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • For the filling, toss apples in lemon juice, flour, sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • Once your dough is cold, take it out of the wrap and divide in half. Return one half to the fridge.
  • Roll half of your dough out on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a circle big enough to fit your pie pan, about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Gently lift the dough and place in your lightly greased pie dish. Press dough against the bottom and sides of of the dish. Trim overhanging dough.
  • Take the second half of the dough and roll out. Use your cookie cutters to cut out shapes for the top of your pie.
  • Pour the apple mixture into the pie dish and cover the top of the apples with pats of butter.
  • Cover the apple mixture with your cut out dough. Be sure to line the edge of your pie.
  • Mix together the egg and a splash of water. Lightly brush the top of your crust with your egg mixture.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
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