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