A good apple pie recipe is important to have. This is my favorite, and one that I should make more often! Apple pie is not at all difficult to make, it just takes a little bit of time and patience because you have to peel the apples. That's the part I hate... but in the end it is worth it.
American Apple Pie
All-Butter Pie Dough (recipe below)
1/2 cup (125 g) white sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp white flour
7-8 large, tart, firm apples
2 Tbsp cold unsalted butter
1-2 Tbsp turbinado sugar (in Germany, this is called "Brauner Zucker" and has large crystals)
1 egg white
1. First, make the pie dough (see recipe below).
2. Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C.
3. Peel and core the apples
4. Slice the apples thinly, in a food processor if you have one.
5. Place the sliced apples in a large bowl.
6. In a small bowl, mix together the white sugar, cinnamon, salt and flour.
7. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the apples and toss to distribute evenly.
8. Remove the pie dish with dough already prepared from the refrigerator. Pile the apple mixture into the dough-lined dish. Dot the apples with butter.
9. Roll out the reserved dough ball to create a lid for the pie. Carefully position it over the filled pie, and fold the overhanging edge from the base over the dough lid. Press the edges together and crimp with a fork, a spoon, or your fingers to seal.
10. Using a small, sharp knife, cut 5-6 slits into the top to allow steam to escape while baking.
11. Paint the top of the dough with the egg white and sprinkle liberally with the turbinado sugar so that the crust will have a crispy sugar layer on top.
12. Place the pie on an oven rack in the lower third of the oven.
13. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, until the crust is golden and the apples are tender when pierced through a vent with a long, thin knife.
14. Allow to cool slightly (30-45 min) before eating. Pie is best warm, but also delicious cold, and keeps for a couple of days.
All-Butter Pie Dough (recipe is enough for both the base and the lid)
I always use a food processor to make pie dough. It is just way, way easier. You can use a fork and do it by hand, but it takes a long time to incorporate the cold butter into the flour by hand. I recommend investing in a food processor, if only to make pie dough.
2 1/2 cup (320 g) white flour
2 Tbsp white sugar
1 large pinch salt
2 sticks (230 g) unsalted butter, cold
6 Tbsp cold water
1. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor.
2. Cut the butter into small chunks, add to the food processor, and pulse.
3. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough just comes together. Stop pulsing as soon as the dough comes together in a loose ball inside the food processor.
4. Divide the dough into two balls- one slightly larger than the other. Wrap the smaller ball in plastic and put in refrigerator for use later.
5. Roll the larger ball of dough for the base out immediately on a floured countertop, using ample flour to keep it from sticking to the surface.
6. Transfer the dough to a pie dish, leaving the edges to hang over the dish. Place pie dish with dough in refrigerator.