Perfect Apple Pie

We are so fortunate to have such good neighbors! Yesterday they brought us a whole bushel of apples from their last trip up north. They got the apples for just $3.00 a bushel in the Bayfield area and were kind enough to share a bushel with us. When they dropped the apples off, I made a comment to Andrew about getting one of those old-fashioned apple peelers and the neighbor said he had one of those lying around that we could use! I told Andrew he was going to have to wait for his father to come home before he operated heavy machinery but he was willing to wait.

After we got about 5 apples peeled and sliced, we put them into a bowl and added 2TB flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 TB cinnamon and 1/2 TB nutmeg. Next it was time to make the crust. Andrew loves this part too!

I make my pie crusts with 1 1/2 cups flour and 1 1/2 sticks butter. I let Andrew mix that with his hands then I add 1-2 TB ice water and shape into a ball before rolling it out.

Next I sliced about 5 TB of butter and put it on top of the filling before folding the pastry up “rustic” style.

Next we brushed the pie with milk and sprinkled sugar on top. It goes into a 350 degree oven for 50 minutes.

Chloe is going to need some teeth before she bites into that apple!  As you can see, Andrew has plenty of teeth. Here he is in the midst of a primal sugar scream of some sort. . .

I had asked him to lay off the pie filling but apparently he couldn’t help himself.

As you can see, only half the pie survived long enough to see the morning light. The kids fell asleep while the pie was in the oven so the blame can only be placed on my husband and I. Not to toot my own horn, but this pie turned out awesome! We don’t eat a lot of McDonald’s in this house but I do remember eating their apple pie when I was a kid. The first thing that popped into my head when I ate a piece last night, warm and just out of the oven,¬† was that it tasted just like McDonald’s apple pie. I don’t even know if they make it the same or not anymore. Of course this recipe includes¬† a lot of butter and sugar but hey- the holidays are upon us! Let’s celebrate!

One Comment

  1. Posted November 21, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    It’s way better than McDonalds!