Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Juicy Apple Pie

By: Jackie

“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans” - John Lennon

After a two month blogging hiatus, we’re backkkkk! We haven’t stopped cooking or taking photos of our food, but we briefly stopped blogging and reading others’ blogs. Shame on us.

With work, a cyclist’s training schedule (Jon), Zuckerberg sightings at dinner, bidding adieu to family moving to Japan, acupuncture appointments (me), and holiday and birthday dinners, Jon and I had barely any time to do anything. Phew… As summer slowly approaches, things are finally starting to wind down, so here we are! Back with a fresh post about an apple pie I baked for my dad’s birthday two months ago… in March!

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Dad!

We had a quiet dinner at home to celebrate my dad’s birthday. I wanted to bake an apple pie for dessert, so thus began my search on the interwebs for the very best apple pie recipe with a doughy yet flaky crust and a juicy filling.

Since it was my first time attempting pie, we asked for recipes and tips on our Facebook page and found two great suggestions! Smitten Kitchen’s All Butter, Really Flaky Pie Dough for the crust and Paula Deen’s Crunch Top Apple Pie filling. The combination was aweeesoommeee.

Juicy Apple Pie

Crust by Smitten Kitchen
Filling & Topping by Paula Deen
Makes one double crust 10” pie

Part I: All Butter, Really Flaky Pie Dough
The Goods:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, very cold
1/2 cup ice cold water

The Steps:
1. Fill a liquid measuring cup with one cup of water and a few ice cubes. Dice two sticks of butter into 1/2 inch pieces. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt. 
2. Sprinkle butter cubes over the flour mixture and begin working butter in evenly with a pastry blender until butter pieces are pea-sized.
3. Drizzle 1/2 cup of ice-cold water (only! No ice!) over butter and flour mixture. Gather the dough together with a spatula. Add 1/4 cup of water a tablespoon at a time until dough forms large clumps. When dough comes together in large clumps, set spatula aside and use hands to gather dough into one mound.
4. Divide dough in half using a scale. Shape dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Allow to chill in the refrigerator for one or two hours (ideally).

While you’re waiting for the dough to chill… move onto… 

Part II: Filling and Topping

A. Filling
The Goods:
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Dash salt
3 1/2 cups peeled, chopped cooking apples (about 6 medium apples; we used Golden Delicious and Granny Smith)
1 (12 ounces) jar unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter, chopped into small pieces (will be used in Part III: Assembly)

The Steps:
1. Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
2. Stir in apples, applesauce, and lemon juice. 

B. Crunch Topping 
The Goods:
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
2 dashes salt
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

The Steps:
1. For crunch topping, combine flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. 
2. Cut in butter with fork until mixture is crumbly.

Part III: Assembly
1. Roll out one dough disc and place in pie pan. Step-by-step directions by Smitten Kitchen can be found here.
2. Spoon apple mixture into bottom crust and dot with butter (2 tablespoons chopped in small pieces).
2. Roll out second dough and cut into strips. Arrange strips in lattice design over top of pie filling. (But, we just laid strips across because we got lazy.)
3. Sprinkle crunch topping mix over top of crust.
4. Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees F, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and continue to bake for about 45 minutes, or until crust and topping are golden brown.

- Pie can cook for up to 60 - 85 minutes, like ours did!
- Bake in a clear pie pan so you can see when the bottom crust is fully cooked.
- Place pie pan on top of cookie sheet while baking in the oven to catch juices that may spill over.
- Pie needs SEVERAL hours to cool for pie filling to solidify. This prevents runny filling when serving. 
- Pie is particularly delicious a la mode style!


  1. Glad you guys are back! This pie is fantastic and with a crust called "all butter", this is worth it in my book. Can't wait to read all of your catch up posts!

    1. Thanks, Sandy! Feels good to be back! I can't wait to catch up on all the eateries you've posted about :)

  2. Love your pie pan. The red really pops and that picture is gorgeous. Love your blog too btw. It has a great feel to it. :)

    1. Thanks for all of your kind words, Michelle! We have been huge fans of your fancy jello shots!

  3. Your apple pie looks heavenly! Apple pie is one of my favorite desserts =) MMMMMMMM

    1. Thanks, Kristi! Apple pie is a great comfort dessert!

  4. This looks amazing. I love apple pie. It's really the only pie I can not resist. Great pics!

  5. You've always had a made-for-camera smile :) Pie looks delish too!

  6. Welcome back! I know blogging can take a lot of time but we have to focus on life outside of blogging sometimes. :-)

    What a delicious apple pie Jackie! Your dad is so lucky to get this beautiful pie. My dad has never eaten anything I baked! Poor dad... =P Great idea of combining the best of best. Must be so delicious!!!

    1. Good to be back, Nami! I admire your dedication to your blog. I realize how much time it takes. And honestly, any (older) Paula Deen recipe that calls for a huge amount of butter should be delicious ;)

  7. I've not ever baked a pie, and don't think I have the culinary skills to make one successfully. Though it's always great to see Foodie friends who are able to make them so perfectly. Good for you Jackie and happy belated birthday to your Dad!

    1. Thanks, Jeno! Surprisingly, the pie wasn't extremely hard to make, but it did take a lot of time. I believe you can do it, Jeno!

  8. Is that photo of you and your Dad at Disneyland? River Belle Terrace with Mark Twain in background? If yes, we may have been with you!! -- Love, Auntie W

    1. Yes, we are Disneyland! You probably took the picture!

  9. This looks incredible. I love apple pie so much.

    1. Thanks, Kim Bee! I'm a fan of every pie ;)


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