Welcome 2013! What a better way to kick off a new blogging year but with a pretty pie! I’ve made many fruit pies over the last couple of years, but I love apple the most. It’s simple, it’s sweet, it’s savory, it’s just perfect. It’s an all generation love pie, and it’s beautiful. Over Christmas this year, my Dad, and my future Father-In-Law love apple pie, so what better way to appease the two big kahunas for family dinner?! 🙂
I would never recommend using a pre-made crust, I don’t condone fake food….How you can be OK with fake/over=processed when the real thing is so easy and soooo much better. Bah. Pie rant over. Make the real deal. Totally worth the flaky, buttery, delicious.
German Rose Pie (Apple Pie)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick of butter
1 tsp of vanilla
4-6 tbs of cold water
Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Cut the cold butter into square cubes then cut into the flour. Once the butter has broken down into pea size, add the vanilla, then ice water.
Roll out your pastry to go 2” past the pie plate rim. Trim the edges so it’s an even overhang all around, then fold in the edges and flute the edges.
*If you have problems transferring the dough to the pie plate, I find it helpful to flour the dough and then fold it in half, this way it doesn’t have a chance to rip, and makes for a flawless transfer.
1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 shakes of cloves
5-6 Granny Smith Apples (peeled and sliced)
1 cup half-half (or heavy cream)
Combine flour, sugar, and spices into a small bowl and blend. Place 3 tbsp of the mixture into the base of the pie crust. Arrange the apples in a full layer on the base, then sprinkle with another layer (apprx a tbsp) of the sugar blend. As you progress, move in each arrangement of apples so it starts to form pretty layers, bringing it in a half inch or so at a time. Once you have just a few apples left, arrange the final layer into a circle that resembles the layers of a rose. Pour cream over the top of all the filling.
Bake at 450 for 15 minutes or until the crust starts to turn golden brown. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for about 55 minutes or until apples become tender.