Homemade Apple Pie. A buttery, flaky crust filled with deliciously spiced apples. This pie is perfect for any time of year.
In general, I’m not a big pie person. I just don’t care for pie crust. I like sweet things, and I find crust to be dry and generally un-tasty. Until this crust. This crust has changed my feelings on pies, entirely.
My husband doesn’t care much for desserts. I on the other hand look for excuses to make desserts. “Oh, you’re having a cookout for your family …. want me to make a dessert?” or, “Say, you’re having a party for your kid … want me to make the cake?” You get the gist. A couple of Thanksgivings back my husband said he liked homemade apple pie. I jumped all over that. No way was I going to pass up a chance to show my love with sugar and have an excuse to lick a dessert bowl. So, I started making apple pies, until this one was developed.
This pie is everything. The crust is not sweet, so it works well for the non-sugar obsessed like my husband, but has enough taste that sweet lovers like it too. The nutmeg gives it a taste that works for Thanksgiving or Christmas, while the freshness of the apples work well in Spring and Summer. In summary: everyday is the right day to eat this pie. Put some ice cream on top, and you will be in heaven.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter cold and cut into thin slices
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/2 tbsp vinegar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 tbsp water
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 pounds Granny Smith apples peeled and cored
- In a large bowl, mix together all purpose flour, almond flour, salt, and sugar.
- Cut butter into flour mixture (use a butter knife or pasty cuter to do this).
- In a small bowl, mix together water and vinegar.
- Gradually, about 1-2 tbsp at a time, mix liquid into flour until a dough forms.
- Mold dough into a ball, cover in plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator for 4-8 hours.
- Once ready to use, divide dough in half.
- On a floured surface, roll one half of dough to ~1/8 inch thickness. Press dough into a pie pan.
- Roll out remaining dough on floured surface and cut into about 1/2" strips to use to decorate top of pie.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Slice apples into thin slices (mandolin slicer works well for this). Place apple slices into a large bowl.
- In a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter. Once butter is melted, sprinkle flour over butter and stir together.
- Once well mixed, add vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, water, sugar, and brown sugar. Stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil.
- Once mixture comes to a boil, set aside 1/3 cup of mixture use for top of pie. Use the rest of the mixture to pour over apples. Stir sauce and apples until well combined.
- Pour apples into prepared crust. Use strips of dough to decorate top of pie. Pour remaining 1/3 of sauce over top of lattice and pie.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Then, reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 40-45 minutes, or until apples are tender.
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