Holiday Apple Pie from Scratch
There’s no doubt that apple pie is a holiday staple. Impress your family this December with my classic apple pie recipe, made entirely from scratch with all (somewhat) healthy ingridients. Ditch the store bought pies and pre-made crust, and take your baking to the next level.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup of butter (2 small sticks)
3 cups of flour
2 tablespoon of sugar
Pinch of salt
*Makes 2 crusts. Use half of above measurements for 1 crust.
4-5 granny smith apples
3 tablespoons corn starch
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Start by peeling your apples and dicing them into small pieces.
Add them to a large size mixing bowl, along with your sugar, spices and corn starch.
Toss the apples until they are thoroughly coated and combined. Set aside while you begin making your crust!
For the crust, add the diced stick of butter to the food processor and lightly pulse until crumbled. Slowly add in your flour, salt and sugar mixture until crumbly.
Add 4-5 tablespoons of ice water to the mixture, until it forms a dough-like texture. Form into a ball and place in an airtight container. Chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. After 3o minutes, flour a pastry board and cover the dough with a piece of parchment paper. Begin rolling out the dough into a large flat circle.
Once you roll the dough into the desired size, grease a pie tin and carefully place your dough inside. Then, add in your apple mixture.
Repeat the dough making process once more, in order to make your top crust. After you roll out your second ball of dough into a large circle, cut 1/2 inch wide strips if you wish to make a lattice crust. Feel free to get creative with your crust design! A lattice crust is my favorite, but check out more pie crust inspiration. For a lattice design, start by making a cross in the middle of your pie with two strips.
Continue with this process, making sure the dough follows an “over and under” pattern. Take your time, as this process can become complicated if you move too fast.
Once complete, trim the edges with a small knife, and use a fork to seal the top and bottom crusts together.
Melt 2-3 tablespoons of butter and brush the crust so it is evenly coated. Sprinkle a pinch of white sugar atop, and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
Let sit for 30 minutes in order to cool. Best served warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping! Enjoy 🙂