Are you a pie maker? If you know me even just a little bit, you probably know that chocolate chip cookies are my usual dessert-from-scratch go-to. For some it’s cake, or fudge, or truffles, or some other delectable category of dessert that they happen to have a gift with. Then of course there are those of you that dread baking altogether but have quite a knack for savory dishes. None of us are entirely well rounded in anything, and life is certainly a bit more intriguing that way, isn’t it? Even my Grandmother, a seasoned homemaker, good gardener, and cook, once told me that she’d never made a cheese cake! Though standard cake-making was second nature to her.
As far as fruit pies go, I have to admit that this is only the second one that I’ve ever made, and I didn’t have the patience nor the focus to follow a recipe so I threw it together somewhat haphazardly and just hoped for the best. And now I am here to make a record of it, because, as fortune would have it, this might just be the best apple pie I’ve ever had. Which probably just means that there’s a lot of lack luster apple pies out there.
I told myself that I was going to act like a normal person and enjoy making this pie without succumbing to the compulsive need to photograph the process. Then I compulsively photographed the process.
And sweet Asher and Silas were such a help! After a long hiatus of asking the boys to help me in the kitchen (because chaos), I’m making an effort to re-engage them. Which brings me to a little tangent about the table: this very old but new-to-us 50s era baking table has only belonged to us for a few days but I am so glad we have it, it’s a gem! It’s low enough for the boys to help with ease, it’s worn and scratched enough to not have me stressing when they’re rough on it, and wiping it down is so quick and easy. Not to mention, it’s full of vintage charm. I’d been on the hunt for one of these baking tables for a while now, especially after I saw the one that belongs to Morgan over White House Farm Blog. I love to bake but never quite felt like I had the space, which the kitchen counters being somewhat limited and almost never clear. Hashtag family-of-six-problems, haha.
Anyway, without further delay, here is the best approximation of my second-ever apple pie bake.
LAZY APPLE PIE
Six peeled & diced honey crisp apples
One package store bought pie crust (two crusts total, one for the bottom and one for the top)
1/2 stick butter
3/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water (optional)
Vanilla ice cream (not-optional)
1. Peel the apples, dice them into small pieces, add them to the butter, sugar, and spices, and cook them over medium heat in a saucepan until warm (about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally). Once the apples are soft, add the flour, stir thoroughly, and continue to cook on low heat. If your apple sauce becomes too thick, add water to thin it out.
2. Prepare your pie dish with the bottom layer of pastry crust, and then pour your hot mixture into the dish. Immediately cover it with the top layer of pastry crust.
3. Bake on 375 for 30 minutes, then lower your oven to 325, slide a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the pie to prevent the crust from burning, and bake for another 45 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Cool it and serve!
What about you? Have any favorite pie recipes? I’m definitely in the pie-baking mood these days, please share. And if you give this a try, let me know how it turns out!