I once worked in a family owned, American style restaurant on the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio. During the time that I worked there, myself and one other did all the prep for the entire restaurant in the mornings. There were many things about this restaurant that I did not agree with, or even think tasted good, but one thing I took away from working at this establishment (tweaking it to my liking) was a personal apple pie. Since then, I have tried to put my own twist on it, to make it to perfection.
This past week, my family and I had guests over and needed dessert. I thought this was the perfect time to try out my apple pie recipe. The key to this is a homemade pie dough. It is really not as difficult as some may think. They secret to a good homemade pie dough is cold butter, and then chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before rolling it out. The recipe below made between 8-10 pies, depending on the size.
3 cups – all purpose flour
1 1/2 sticks – butter
1 tsp – salt
1/2 cup – sugar
cold water as needed
cinnamon as needed (optional)
Being from Michigan originally, I love apples. I will always remember my parents/grandparents taking me apple picking as a child in the fall. For this particular recipe, I chose to use three different types; Granny Smith’s, Golden Delicious, and Gala. The different tastes and sweetness really develops a nice taste within the pie. Simply peel the skin from all the apples and dice them into bite-sized pieces.
My next few steps are something that I did not measure. Yes, baking is a science, however when it comes to personal taste, some measurements are not necessary. I added cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar to the apple mixture.
After the pie dough is chilled, separate the dough and fill the mini pies with the apples (this again is not measured. The size is at the discretion of the baker). After the pies are stuffed, fold over the dough and fork it together closed. Before placing in the oven, brush an egg wash on top of the pie, and add cinnamon if desired. The pies take between 20-30 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
Some people really go all out with dessert. If you are one of those people that like the extra sweetness with pie and ice cream, make a simple caramel sauce. Take 1 part butter to two parts brown sugar, add a little bit of milk, and maybe even some toasted pecans if you would like. This is a great dessert for any time of year, for a family get together or hosting parties. I hope you enjoy!