An Evening of Apple Pie

After last week’s massive haul from the apple orchard, I decided it was finally time to start baking these babies away. Out of laziness, I just went for some of the huge apples I got (hmmm I wish I remembered what they were called). Instead of the normal 5-6 apples for a pie, I only had to use 3 of these and it was still almost too much.

An important disclaimer: Another motivation for me was, finally, getting a new food processor over the weekend and wanted and excuse to use it.

After having many a problem with blenders/ food processors over the years, I finally gave in and made the jump towards getting a nice, good quality one. Hopefully this beauty is with me for a while.

So after mixing up the butter and dry ingredients in the processor, the dough rested for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator and then was ready for the pie pan.

This seems to be a good new staple crust recipe from the Joy of Baking. Turned out deliciously buttery and flaky, and doesn’t completely fall apart while rolling.

After the crust was ready, it was time to get the applies sliced up and ready.

While slicing, I couldn’t help but sample a few and they are a whole heck of a lot of sweet!

Next up is a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and then white sugar and brown sugar. But that wasn’t quite enough for me. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand to make an apple pie without a dash of vanilla extract. That little dash just takes the pie away every time adding that extra smoothness and deliciousness. Luckily, I still have some of my Mexican vanilla too, yellow love handles.

Now that the pile of apples is in the shell, the second pie crust blankets over top to keep the apples nice and snug in the oven.

45 minutes later, and with a end game decision of drizzling some warm Sander’s caramel on top, she’s all mine. And let me tell you, as I sit here right now this morning and opted for a slice of this buttery, vanillay, appley goodness instead of a healthier option to start off the week, my fondness of this pie should be rather obvious.

So for my first pie of the season, I am pretty happy. Stay tuned for updated on my next pie musings over the season. Any idea for creative, different apple pies? I want to hear from you and test it out!

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