Sunday, April 27, 2008

New England Style Apple Pie

I won a contest on Saturday.  It was so much fun.  My church had this chili cook-off and apple pie bake-off and I won for my traditional apple pie.  I used a tried and true recipe that I slightly adapted from my moms super old cookbook that is literally brown around the edges.  I have never in my life entered a contest like this, but thought I'd give it a shot.  I've become a big fan of those food challenges on Food Network and I think those kind of inspired me to go for it.  And I've made this buy a billion times for my family and it is always a big hit.  So I got 1st place out of 10 other pies and won a gift certificate.  

Here is the recipe if  anyone wants to give it a shot.  It is fairly simple.  The hardest part is prepping the apples.  I'm lucky that I have this cool apple corer peeler tool (pictured below) that makes apple slinky liked sliced up apples in no time.
O.K Here is the Recipe:

1 C sugar
1/2 tsp ginger (powdered)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg (powdered)
1/4 tsp salt
2 TBSP flour
3 TBSP black tea
1 TBS lemon juice
6-7 granny smith apples
2 TBSP butter
Pastry for double crust 9 inch pie

Roll out 1/2 of the pastry for bottom crust.  Fill into 9 inch pie plate.
Pre-heat oven to 425
Combine spices with flour, tea, and lemon juice and mix well.
Alternate slices of apples with spice mixture to top of pie pan and pile slightly higher in the center.
Place bits of the butter all around pie.
Roll out top crust and cut slits in it for ventilation.  Cover pie, pressing edges of crust together by fluting or with a fork.
Bake for 10 minutes at 425, then turn down heat to 350 and bake for 50 minutes.
Serve with a slice of Vermont Extra Sharp Cheddar.

Wicked easy right?


E_Sharp said...

Do you use home-made pie crust? Or store bought?
I'll be making this next time I'm struck with the baking bug.

Echloe said...

I do home-made. I can send you the recipe. It is from a Williams Sonoma pies and tarts cookbook.

But I have tried several store boughts. Pillsbury sucks.
In fact I think that any that are too frozen are bad. The best ones thaw in about 10 mins. Look for that if you choose not to do homemade.

littlemonkey said...

lol @ "wicked easy, right?"
Congrats on winning the contest! Hmmm, if you ever have an urge to make another pie, I can give you my address and I'll "sample" it for you ;)