Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Apple Pie Recipe

Apple Pie topped with Streusel

What else do you do on a cold snowy wintry evening besides bake an apple pie?  It made sense to me.  One day indoors because of the snow and I was already stir crazy.  I finished the 1443 page novel I had been reading and decided it was time to be productive in the kitchen.  So, while my wife finished her novel in her recliner, I searched the fridge and shelves for something to do.  When I saw the apples, I thought that apple scones would be a nice treat.  But, maybe because of the snow and being raised in Indiana, my thoughts went to what Mom would bake.  I'm not sure she even knows what a scone is - I know she never baked any!  Apple pie it was. 

Pie Recipe:
Pie dough for 9" pan (make your own, see separate blog, or purchase from store)
5 Large Apples (peeled, cored and diced large)
1/2 Cup Sugar (more if the apples are tart)
1/8 tsp Salt
1 TBS Cornstarch (more if the apples are juicy)
1/4 tsp Cinnamon, ground
1/8 tsp Nutmeg, ground
1 1/2 TBS Butter

Place dough over lightly greased pie pan.  Peel, core and dice the apples into the pan.  Combine all the dry ingredients, mix well and sprinkle over the apples.  Slice the butter thinly and place over the apples.

Streusel Recipe:
3 TBS Flour, all purpose
6 TBS Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon, ground
2 TBS Butter, melted
Optional: 
1/3 Cup Nuts, chopped

Combine the dry ingredients and mix well.  Melt butter and add to the dry ingredients, stirring until it crumbles.  Mix in your favorite nut at this time if you would like.

Sprinkle the streusel over the apple pie.  Sprinkle a little more cinnamon on top if desired.

Preheat oven to 450°.  Bake pie at 450° for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350° and bake pie for 35 - 45 minutes or until golden brown.

I hope you enjoy it, we did!

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