Do you know what lights up a seven year old girl’s eyes? Finding out she is going to learn the art of baking apple pies.
Of all the apple goodness out there, apple pie is probably my favorite. It is warm, it is cinnamon-y and it goes well with ice cream. What’s not to love? My mom always baked pies. A memory I have is my mother asking me to go into the kitchen and bake pies with her. You know how I responded?
No, I don’t want to.
As an adult, I can’t believe I turned down the opportunity to learn how to make a pie. Consequently, I had to learn the hard way. I had the cookbook open and fork in hand.
How do you add the water?
Over the years, I learned how to make pies (mighty tasty ones, too!) and I want my daughter to learn. I don’t have to worry about her saying no. She was right there, smile and all. This is my recipe from many years of making apple pies. I must confess, I don’t hold a fork anymore. The food processor is a great invention.
Baking Apple Pies
3 cups unbleached flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
16 T cold butter
6-8 T ice water
Mix the flour, salt and baking powder in the food processor. Mix until well blended. Cut the butter into tablespoon size bits. Add the butter to the flour mixture and mix until the dough resembles wet sand. Add the water a little at a time (about a tablespoon) through the tube with the processor on. Add water until dough comes together and makes a ball.
Take dough out of processor and on a floored surface, divide dough in half. Wrap both sections of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
Meanwhile, peel apples. (I used 8 small apples.) Place peeled apples in a bowl with a little Fruit Fresh if you would like to prevent browning. In a separate bowl blend 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1/4 and 1 tablespoon flour. (Or you can be like me and just dump it in until it looks right.) 🙂 Add 2 tablespoons butter and mix will. I mix it with my hands. Mix cinnamon mixture and apples. Set aside.
Roll out dough on floored surface in a circle shape. (She loved doing this part!) Place dough in pie pan. Put apples on crust. Roll out second dough. Place dough on apples for the top.
Now the fun part.
What pie lesson is complete without learning how to crimp the sides? Cut off the extra dough and crimp the top and bottom together. Cut slits in top of pie for air vents. Sprinkle sugar on top of pie (if desired–we desired). We then used the extra dough to make hearts and placed them on top of pie.
Bake at 425* for 20 minutes with foil wrapped around the sides to prevent burning. After 20 minutes, reduce heat to 375* and remove foil. Bake for 30-40 minutes longer or until crust is a golden brown and juices are bubbling.
When she presented the pie to the family at supper, she couldn’t have been more pleased. I am too. I was able to teach my daughter a life lesson and we had so much fun together. She even had the famous look…flour on her forehead.