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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Val's Apple Pie

It's no secret that apple pie is not my number one choice in a dessert. It's good...just not my first choice. But, I have family members who LOVE it...and that's why I make it. It's almost always on the table at Thanksgiving because my mom loves it and IT Guy always enjoys it, too. This pie is one of the best I've ever had. I use my apple peeler/corer to cut the apples very thin so I can pile them up. Save this recipe for when you need to pull out the big guns to please someone.

Val’s Apple Pie



2 pie crusts
5 – 6 cups apples
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 ½ tablespoons butter – cut in small pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Cinnamon/sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Peel and core apples. Slice thin.  Pour lemon juice and vanilla over apples and stir. Set aside.

Place 1 pie crust in the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan.

Combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and cornstarch. Sprinkle over apples and stir gently. Place them in the pie crust. Dot with butter.

Place 2nd pie crust over apples then crimp edges to seal. Brush heavy cream over top crust then sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar. Prick upper crust to vent.

Place pie pan on a cookie sheet then bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 35 – 45 minutes until done. If crust starts to brown excessively, cover with foil the last 15 minutes or so. Allow to set for a while before slicing.

Here are the goodies you'll need. I made pie crusts but of course you can buy premade and use those.
Here are the goodies you'll need. 
I made pie crusts but of course 
you can buy premade and use those.

Slap one pie crust in the pan.
Slap one pie crust in the pan.

Peel the apples. I love my apple peeler/corer! Do you have one? They're awesome.
Peel the apples. I love my apple 
peeler/corer! Do you have one? 
They're awesome.

They peel the apples like this.
They peel the apples like this.

And make the apples look like this. Fun, huh?
And make the apples look 
like this. Fun, huh?

Combine all the dry ingredients and sprinkle over the apples. Toss to coat.
Combine all the dry ingredients 
and sprinkle over the apples. Toss to coat.

Then gently put the apples in the prepared pan. Dot with butter.
Then gently put the apples in 
the prepared pan. Dot with butter.

Cover with the second pie crust. Pinch the edges to seal. I cut out some designs with leftover crust. Brush the top with heavy cream then sprinkle with some cinnamon/sugar.
Cover with the second pie crust. 
Pinch the edges to seal. I cut out 
some designs with leftover crust. 
Brush the top with heavy cream 
then sprinkle with some cinnamon/sugar.

Bake it up!
Bake it up!

Allow to cool then gobble up! Don't forget the ice cream!
Allow to cool then gobble up! 
Don't forget the ice cream!

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