Apple Pie

Apple Pie

December 3: National Apple Pie Day

We would eat a classic apple pie as an All-American dessert on the Fourth of July. But we also like to eat it on Thanksgiving as an additional choice to pumpkin pie. Served à la mode, this comfort food makes a holiday or any day extra special. We are glad that National Apple Pie Day gives us another excuse to prepare this pie so we can eat it in celebration of this food holiday!

Recipe

(Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens All-Time Favorite Pies)

For the double-crust pie pastry dough

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening (we used Crisco brand)
  • 6-7 tablespoons water

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and the salt. Cut in the shortening and mix until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water at a time until the dough is moistened.

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Divide the dough into two pieces. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to form a circle large enough to cover the diameter of the pie pan with a little overhang. Repeat for the other dough ball.

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Without stretching the pastry dough, carefully place one of the circles on a pie plate. Trim the edges with a sharp knife before adding the filling.

For the apple pie filling

  • 6 cups apples (we used Granny Smith apples)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tabespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

Peel, core and slice the apples thinly and place in a large mixing bowl. In a separate smaller bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle this over the apples and toss to mix well.

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Place the apples in the pie pan lined with the pastry dough.  Dot with butter. Cover with the other pastry dough. Flute the edges to seal.

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Cut some slits to vent. Brush with milk or an egg wash and sprinkle a little sugar on top (optional). Place foil around the edges to prevent from overbrowning and burning. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for 20-25 more minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven. Cool completely to allow the apples to gel together. Slice and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (optional).

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Notes

  • Make delicious dokeyanas/pets de sœurs with the leftover pie pastry dough. We posted the recipe on National Pastry Day on December 9.
  • Search our blog for other pie recipes.

Wilfra Apple Cake

Wilfra Apple Cake

October 12: Feast Day of St. Wilfrid

If a certain dessert is “American as apple pie,” then this similar sweet is as British as Wilfra apple cake. This recipe is associated with St. Wilfred, a seventh century bishop who established several churches and monasteries, oversaw a large diocese and preached to the pagans in England.

English culture and cuisine influenced the colonists of early America. Wilfra apple cake is probably a precursor to apple pasty/pastie and pie. The unique ingredient, however, is the shredded cheddar cheese which, when melted, binds the apple filling together.

For a different yet delicious dessert that is a cross between a cake and a pie, try Wilfra apple cake on the Feast Day of St. Wilfrid.

Recipe

(Adapted from Cooking With the Saints by Ernst Scheugraf)

For the pastry dough

  • 3 cups flour
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons water, cold

For the filling

  • 1 ½ pound cooking apples (we used Granny Smith variety)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • milk
  • sugar

Directions

Cut the butter into small pieces. In a large bowl, rub the butter into the flour until it looks like coarse crumbs. Add the salt, sugar and lemon juice. Pour in the cold water and mix into a smooth dough. Divide in half. Roll each out to ¼ inch thick.

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Lay one of the pastry pieces on the bottom of a well greased square (10 x 10 inch) or rectangle (8 x 12 inch) pan. Reserve the other pastry piece to put on top of the filling.

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Peel the apples and slice them thinly. Put them in a bowl and sprinkle lemon juice to prevent browning. Mix in the brown sugar.

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Add the cheddar cheese. Spread the apple mixture on top of the bottom pastry layer. Cover with the other pastry layer. Cut out shapes from the extra pastry dough to decorate the edges (optional).

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Brush the top layer with a little milk. Finish off the edges (optional) with any cut-out pastry dough shapes. Sprinkle with sugar.

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Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely to allow the juices from the apples to set with the cheese. Slice into squares and serve.

 Wilfra Apple Cake

Notes

  • If “apples are of your eyes,” then try the recipe for apple pie on National Apple Pie Day on December 3. Search our blog for other recipes containing apples as an ingredient.
  • Leftover pastry dough can be used to make delicious “dokeyanas” (pets de souers). They are sweet, swirled cinnamon rolls that we blogged about on National Pastry Day on December 9.