I am someone who loves tradition and celebration. It just so happens that my favorite holiday year is tomorrow. In honor of such a fantastic time of the year, I want to share a treat that I've been making for years. It's the simplest apple pie recipe EVER and coincidentally, it's also the yummiest apple pie... EVER. It consists of just 5 ingredients, and while I've experimented with different variations and substitutes, this pie is like the movie 'The Godfather' the others are good, but nothing quite touches the original.
This recipe calls for 4 large apples of your choice. I coordinated this pie making with a trip to Carter Mountain Orchard (with my Boojank- Heather) and a bag full of freshly picked crisp sweet Pink Lady Apples. You will also need:
1 cup of sugar, divided
3/4 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
5 tablespoons of butter.
First step is to peel the apples, this really is optional however I prefer the texture of the pie without the skins. It also helps to have an adorable sous chef named Babe to dispose of your apple peelings and cores for you.
Next, cut apples into 1/16's. In a bag, shake apples with 1/2 cup of sugar and cinnamon. Once they are all covered, taste one make sure it sugary and cinnaminny and yummy and then pour into crust. (You of course can make your own crust with a combination of Graham crackers and butter but for $1.29, a store bought crust does the trick)
Next, in a bowl, combine 3/4 cup of flour and the other 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix well. Chop up 5 tablespoons of butter into bitty pieces. The more you can chop this up the better. Drop butter pieces into flour-sugar and toss by hand.
Smother the apples with flour/sugar/butter mixture till it looks like a heaping mound of goodness. Then bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until your kitchen smells like apples and cinnamon and the top peaks of the apples turns a burnt cinnamon.
Let cools just long enough to not burn your tongue. Gather friends, family and loved ones and then feast.