Homemade Apple Pies

There’s no better time to learn how to bake your own apple pie than this Thanksgiving. If you tell your grandmother that you’re bringing apple pie, there will be a lot of pressure on you to make a good one. Follow this recipe and don’t ruin the holiday for your entire family.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 7-8 medium apples (I find it best to use a mixture of apples- we used Honeycrisp and Gala)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp butter (cubed)
  • 2 pie crusts (if you’d like to make homemade pie crust, you can check out these recipes by Bunsen Burner Bakery or Sugar Apron)
  • egg wash (for brushing on crust)

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg.
  3. Peel and slice apples. Combine dry ingredients mixture and apple slices until the apples are completely coated.
  4. Layer the bottom pie crust in your mini pie pans, and fill with apples.
  5. Cut the butter into small cubes and distribute evenly throughout apple mixture. Splash the tbsp of lemon juice over the pies as well.
  6. Use a circular cookie cutter, and place the second pie crust on top. There are plenty fancy crusts you can make (such as the braid crust or lattice pictured), but whatever you do just seal the edges of the pies (you can simply press a fork around the edges to make a cute little design while sealing!). You can even use tools such as this pie crust impression mat or leaf shaped cutters to easily make a beautiful pie crust and make everyone think you’re a professional.
  7. Brush the egg wash over the crust to make it nice and golden (and if you do a design, use egg wash to bind the pieces of crust together so they don’t fall apart). Make sure to cut a slit for ventilation.
  8. Bake for ~30 minutes. Let cool & enjoy!

 

 

Wine Pairing

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Cooper & Thief Red Blend

 

This is great red wine to go with your apple pies. It has just enough sweetness to complement the apple flavor. Blended with mostly Merlot grapes, the flavoring leans towards dark fruits and vanilla. Obviously this is a personal preference but if you’re not having a cup of espresso with the pie, try this. Of course this wine goes well with your meal too but why not do both? I mean it is Thanksgiving so drinking is acceptable once the first football game kicks off at 12:30. How many other Thursdays can you do that all year?

 

Non Cooking Thoughts

 

a. What a piss poor job New Jersey handled the snow storm last week. I was fortunate enough to only have a 2.5 hour ride home but others weren’t as lucky. When you’re dealing with the weather, it’s impossible to be over-prepared. The worst that happens is you salt & clear the roads but maybe only a dusting of snow comes through. Regardless, the only criticism would come towards the weathermen who maybe over-predicted snow.

When it happens the other way, you leave thousands stranded or stuck in piles of snow and ice with no help in sight. Luckily I drive a Jeep or else I would have been one of the many pulled over on the side of the road. This was the first test for this administration in Trenton and they failed miserably.

 

b. Click on the link below to check out a man trying to steal gasoline from a truck and then catching on fire in the process. You just can’t teach stupid.

https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/11/man_in_van_catches_on_fire_whi.html

 

c. I’ve been on an espresso kick lately and my mom says I act like an 80 year old man. What an insult. I am just very mature and sophisticated for my age with a taste for strong caffeine. Nothing wrong with that.

 

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Apple Pies

  1. The problem with the snowstorm last week that left everyone stranded out on the roads was because the governor was to cheap to have the guys go out and treat the roads before the storm and that was what happened. In his mind he saved millions by not treating the roads before the storm and then tried blaming the meterologists

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