A week ago, a friend of mine gave me a huge bag of apples from trees growing on his dad’s property.
I prepared yesterday by looking up a recipe for apple pie. There were way too many recipes out there — way too many “commercial” recipes, especially. I just wanted something traditional, so I found a generic recipe on WikiHow.
On the way home from work, I picked up the few things I was missing. As usual, I bought sugar that I didn’t need (my sugar collection is up to three bags of white sugar and two bags of brown sugar).
This is the recipe I actually ended up using:
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- ~90 grams of unsalted butter
- 5 tablespoons of cold water
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup of white sugar
- 1/3 cup of brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon masala chai spice
- “Enough” apples (12-15 small apples?)
Bake at 400ºF for 15 minutes, then at 375ºF for 45 minutes.
Here are a series of photos as proof:
Some things I learned:
- Brushing egg on pastry makes them look awesome after baking.
- Choosing the smallest apples is a dumb idea when you don’t have an apple corer or a proper peeler.
- Flattening a butter-based dough is a lot of work when you don’t have a rolling pin. A lot of work. It’s, like, an I’m-never-doing-this-ever-again level of work.
The pie is cooling right now. If I never make another blog post, that probably means the pie turned out to be poisonous.