Your Grandma's Apple Pie - But Better
With the holidays quickly approaching -- like fast, girl -- comes all of the holiday parties, work gatherings, and other social events where the main focus of the night is food. Growing up, I watched my mom bake a ton of cookies and other holiday treats for our guests. She was always so put together, and everything always looked so intricate. I mean, the epitome of a Hallmark movie here. While all I could do was make chocolate chip cookies -- but only if I looked on the back of the Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip bag. Oh, my gosh.
I'm not into difficult recipes. The first thing I do when I look up a recipe on Pinterest is check out the ingredient list and how long the prep and cook times take. If either of those start to look a little lengthy, I'm out. (TLDR - too long didn't read. AKA: my life.) That's why this recipe for apple pie is so perfect -- because it's SIMPLE. And no, that is not just some gimmick I'm posting to get you to read this post. It is so, so simple, requires just a few ingredients, and is melt in your mouth delicious. You better prep yourself for all of the compliments you'll be receiving after you make this for your friends and family, I'm not joking.
Recipe creds to one of my best friends, Chantel Rivera (featured here.) She's the chef of our friendship, and always cooks me amazing meals. This one I had to steal from her. It's a new staple recipe.
Here's what you'll need:
For the dough, you'll need
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1 stick butter
- 2-4 tbsp ice water
- Pinch of salt
For the filling, you'll need
- 4 small red apples (choose your favorite kind, be creative)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Dash of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
Important Tip: When measuring out your flour, be sure to use a spoon to scoop the flour into a measuring cup. This allows the flour to be loose rather than packed down. DO NOT scoop the measuring cup in your flour to and pat it down. This results in a very dense crust, and the crust will be the star of the show.
In a bowl or food processor combine flour, butter, and salt. Mix together until the flour becomes kind of crumbly. Then add one tablespoon at a time until you have a ball of dough that is able to hold together. Be sure not to add too much water because then your dough will become sticky. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and set it in the fridge for 2 to 24 hours. This only makes the bottom crust. Repeat the same step for the top.
Chantel said, "People always ask why I don't just double the recipe then split the dough in half instead of doing it all over again. Well, I've tried that and it never comes out the same, so I stick to what I know. lol"
While that sets up, work on the filling. Peel your apples and cut them into small slices. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and brown sugar down. Once it's about halfway melted down, add the apple, vanilla, and cinnamon - then mix. Once everything is combined, remove the heat.
After the dough has had a chance to chill, remove it from the fridge and begin rolling it out. Place the bottom dough in your pie pan, add filling, and cover with top dough. Don't forget to trim the edges of excess dough. Place in the oven at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Cook time may vary. Once you see that the crust is golden brown and you smell those apples in the air, it's ready. Top with ice cream and enjoy!
The instructions seem lengthy, but I promise this recipe takes absolutely no time to make. Let me know just how many compliments you get when you make this. ;) Happy Friday!