Right now with all the political turmoil in the U.S. I find myself turning again and again to comfort food. Baking is my “happy place” and I need to go there often! Who doesn’t find comfort in a slice of warm apple pie? My children had a grade school teacher, Mr. Chidlow, who did many cooking projects with his classes. His recipe for Perfect Apple Pie has been a family favorite for almost 30 years and during the time I owned Provisions Bake Shop we made hundreds of them!
Here’s how it goes:
2 cups all purpose flour (10 oz)
½ tsp salt
½ pound (2 sticks) COLD unsalted butter; cut into small cubes
1 large egg
1 TBS heavy cream
In food processor mix flour and salt.
Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Add egg and cream and process until a ball of dough forms on blade.
If mixture seems dry, add a DROP more of cream.
Divide dough in half and form into 2 discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
Yield 2 crusts (enough for a double crust 9″ pie)
While the dough is chilling prepare the pie filling.
APPLE PIE FILLING
7 Golden Delicious Apples
3/4 cup sugar (5.25 oz)
2 TBS All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
2 TBS unsalted butter
Egg wash :1 egg whisked with a pinch of salt
extra sugar for sprinkling on top
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel, quarter and core the apples.
Thinly slice the apples crosswise.
Whisk together the sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt.
Add to the apples and toss gently.
Roll out one disc of the dough.
Line a 9″ pie plate with the pastry.
Mound the apples in the pie shell and dot with the 2 TBS of butter.
Roll out the second crust and place on top. Crimp the two crusts together.
Brush the top crust with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
Cut 3 or 4 air vents in top crust to let out steam.
Bake for about 50 minutes until apples are soft. (Test by sticking a knife in an air vent).
If the crust starts getting too brown before the apples are soft, cover loosely with aluminum foil.
I personally like to bake my pies on a parchment lined sheet pan to catch any overflowing juices.