Welcome to the second full week of October, aka, National Apple Month. Each week this month I plan to share a great apple recipe for your family. Last week I shared a breakfast treat that married apples and bacon. Today, I skip all the way to dessert to share a classic dessert, Apple Pie.
The Sweet Pea family and some friends of ours went apple picking on Saturday. We could not have ordered up a more beautiful day to do so. Bright sunny weather in the low 80s, brilliant changing leaves and lots of gorgeous apples, waiting to be picked.
My friend J made up this pie post-picking. It is a pie recipe she has used for years. After tasting it, I can understand why! Thanks J for sharing your delicious pie recipe with me!
“P is for Pie” aka, Harvest Green Apple Pie
6-7 Granny Smith or other green apples
Juice of ½ a lemon
¾ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
dash of salt
1 tablespoon butter
2 sheets of pie pastry dough (premade but not baked)
milk and sugar for finishing
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Core, peel and slice apples. Combine in a large bowl with lemon, sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir well and set aside to let juices marinate a bit.
Place 1 sheet of pie pastry into a pie dish. Pour in the apple mixture and dot with 1 tablespoon butter.
Moisten the edge of the pie pastry with water. Lay the second pastry sheet on top and press the edges with a fork to seal.
Cut a few slits in the top of the pastry to allow for steam to vent. Brush the top of the crust with milk and sprinkle with a dash of sugar.
Place the pie dish on top of a cookie sheet to prevent dripping in the bottom of your oven. Bake at 425 for about 15 minutes, then lower the oven to 375 and bake another 45-60 minutes or until the pie has bubbled (through the steam slits) for 15 minutes* and the crust is golden.
Let cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
*This bubbling allows the cornstarch to be activated and thicken the sauce inside the pie.
Life is sweet,