While my favorite pie is raspberry pie, Hans loves apple pie. I had been planning to try to bake apple pie for a while now and it seemed only fitting to bake it yesterday. Apparently Utah observes a State holiday called Pie and Beer Day (I mean Pioneer Day).
So we enjoyed a beer from our favorite brewery with dinner (https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/fresh-tomato-and-asparagus-gnocchi/) and I decided to bake my first-ever apple pie.
I had always used a dry pie crust baking mix but was determined to bake the pie from scratch this time. Another requirement, I wanted the pie to be somewhat lower in calories than the traditional recipes. So I spent quite some time online reading several recipes and creating my own.
Once we enjoy the pie later today I will provide more feedback =)
My next try will have doublecrust though, so that the apples cook in their own juice.
YES!!! Definitely making this recipes again but NEXT TIME double-crust. Stay tuned!!!
Ingredients for single pie crust:
1/3 cup olive oil (when making this I was reminded how disappointed I was about the quality of the midrange olive oil, I may just use canola oil next time or more expensive olive oil)
1 1/4 cup organic flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup ice water
1 tablespoon organic raw sugar, optional (I added sugar to “balance” out the olive oil)
Preparation of pie crust:
1. Make sure that the oil and water is ice-cold. This will make the dough flakier.
2. Add all ingredients together to make a smooth dough. I ended up hand-mixing the dough. Once the dough is done, place it in the refrigerator for one hour.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out dough on a floured surface and place into greased pie baking dish. Bake for 7-10 minutes to allow pie crust to set for filling.
Meanwhile you can prepare the pie filling.
Ingredients for the pie filling:
3 tablespoons raw sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoons organic flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
5-6 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
Preparation of pie filling:
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour the filling into the prepared crust and bake at 350 degrees F for 30-45 minutes, or until golden brown and apples are tender.