For election day I wanted to do something that was the epitome of Americana and you just can’t get more American that apple pie! Apple pie is just one of those quintessential American dishes that you’ll find time and time again across America. As I type this the smell of the warm pie is wafting up through the house and it just screams America!
Apple pie, while delicious, is also extremely easy to make. I wanted to play around with my normal recipe a bit, so I tweaked it and what you see here is the result. It’s luscious, cinnamony and oh so delicious! Warm or cooled, this pie will definitely win raves! You could even pair it with some vanilla or caramel ice cream for an even bigger treat, but over all what’s better than a little all time American traditional food, using in season local ingredients, on election day all with a message baked right in? 😉
So if you haven’t already, don’t forget to get out there today and vote! 🙂
What You’ll Need:
1 double pie crust (Note: I actually bought crust for this pie, but you can make it from scratch if you prefer. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.)
5 apples, cored and chopped (Note: I used 4 Golden Delicious apples and 1 Fuji apple. There is no need to peel the apples, unless you just want to add an extra step for yourself! ;o))
2 tablespoons of cinnamon (Note: I adore cinnamon. If you aren’t as fond of it as I am, then you can use 1 tablespoon instead.)
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon of vanilla powder (Note: You can omit this if you want. This was new addition that I have been wanting to try and I must say I liked the little kick it gave!)
1 cup of natural brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 cup of unbleached all purpose flour
1 egg, beaten
Organic cane sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Press pie dough into a pie dish and set aside.
Place chopped apples in a large bowl.
Add cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla powder, brown sugar, salt and flour and toss to coat.
Pour apples into the pie dish. (Note: They may stand up a bit over the edge of the dish…This is ok.)
For the top crust you can do it one of two ways: 1) You can place the dough on top and use a knife to make vent holes or 2) You can cut out a shape(s) with small cookie cutters and then place the dough on top. Once dough is on top, crimp the edges to seal the pie and place it on a baking sheet.
Next brush the top of the pie with egg and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 30-40 minutes until pie is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Notes: I know some people like raisins in their apple pie (me not so much) so if that sounds good to you, you could add in 1 cup of raisins as well.
So if you haven’t voted yet, what are you waiting for? Go on! Go vote! 😉