First of all, forgive me because all of my pictures are taken with my phone because months ago I dropped my semi nice Sony point and shoot and now the lens won't extend to open :( If you know how to fix it, let me know?
Anyway, on to the pie!
So, pie is not normally something that jumps to my mind when I think of yummy delicious things. I work at Hey Cupcake and even before that cupcakes have taken the cake in terms of best dessert (tee hee). Or any form of chocolate. Or cheesecake.
But because I have awesome coworkers who gladly take on extra work when I can't, I thought I should say thank you somehow. And of course they've had enough cupcakes on the job, so apple pie was requested. I'd never actually made one, but it didn't sound too complicated so I thought I'd give it a shot.
A couple of things I learned in the process-
1. Be sure if you're preheating your oven and it's one of those digital ones that you hit start. So that the oven actually starts heating. Otherwise you just waste time.
2. Made from scratch crust trumps store bought crust every time. Unless you burn the homemade crust; then it's not so good.
3. Peeling apples takes a long time. Enlist a friend, student, slave for this job.
4. There are lots of ways to make the top of the pie pretty. You can use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and lay it across it (like stars for New Years' Day or the 4th of July or leaves for an autumn celebration). Or you can do some complicated lattice work. Or you can do what I did and just lay the whole dang crust over the top. Because honestly, the crust is the best part of the pie so why skimp on it?
5. Although I'd really love one, you don't NEED a stand mixer to bake. My crust recipe calls for you to use a paddle attachment on the stand mixer. I used my hands. It probably worked better that way and now my hands are all soft from their butter bath. :)
6. If you don't have something... like say nutmeg, just go with it. I sprinkled in some of my roommate's apple pie spice even though it also contained cinnamon and I'd already put in cinnamon. It worked.
7. I was concerned that taking my glass pie plate from the freezer to the oven would cause it to crack and spill delicious pie all over my oven. But it didn't! Whew.
On the the recipe!
First, prepare your crust because it needs to chill for at least half an hour.
Basic Pie Crust
Ooo La La Apple Pie
5-6 medium/large Granny Smith apples (about 2½ lbs.), peeled, cored and sliced
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. grated nutmeg
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water (for egg wash)