Apple Pie (ie FALL IS HERE)

Today has a high of 61 degrees. This is definitely a reason to celebrate, so I did what any good American would do. I baked an apple pie.

I haven't baked in a while (getting engaged and starting to plan a wedding definitely takes up any extra time one might have [I'm definitely not complaining though!]), so I thought a pie would be a perfect celebration of baking and of this upcoming Fall season.

I used the concepts explained HERE; I figured if the Pioneer Woman uses external tutorials, who am I to plead independence and try to do it on my own? So yes. Go there and read what she has to say; she's got great tips and pointers about pie-making, and several good concepts that can apply to every pie you will ever make again.

Some notes on my particular pie:
- I used granny smith apples since they give a nice tart flavor, and I don't like things too sweet.
- I mixed the cut apples with a fistful of sugar, a couple dashes of cinnamon, pinch of cloves, two dashes of nutmeg, 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup, and two tablespoons of flour.
- I used all butter in my crust.
- At first, 1/4 cup of water in the dough recipe didn't seem like enough to me. I had to squish it all together and knead it with my hands for about a minute before it stuck together. THEN, when I rolled it out, the dough turned out really sticky for me; so I added a couple tablespoons of flour on the parchment paper then. Like she says in her post, I don't recommend using too much in the rolling out process; but mine so wet it was falling apart. So don't feel tempted to add more water in the beginning... it'll all come together eventually.
- I just realized that these pictures shows the ugliest part of my crust. Lame. I promise it's better looking on the other side...
- Don't forget to put a cookie sheet or tray under your pie when you bake it if you don't want to be cleaning the bottom of your oven the next day!


  1. Apple pie is Tom's favorite!

  2. this looks amazing! i've never tried using granny smith apples...will definitely try it next time.