Monday, January 3, 2011

Farmer's Market Apple Pie




This morning I made apple pie from apples that I purchased from the Farmer's Market in Montclair, NJ.  The pie is a recipe from Martha Stewart and here is the link:  http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2203346122952247928#

I changed the crust a little.  Here is my adapted recipe for the crust:

3 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 sticks of cold butter
2 tablespoons sugar
4-5 teaspoons ice water
1 egg yolk
Pinch baking powder

Measure flour into a large mixing bowl.  Slice the cold butter into the flour.  Add the sugar and baking powder.  With two knives cut butter into the flour/sugar mixture until the butter is the size of peas.  Combine the ice water and egg yolk and drizzle over the mixture.  Mix with a spoon until it comes together in a shaggy mess.  Working quickly, press into a ball of dough, cut it in half, wrap one half in cling film and refrigerate.  With the other half, press into a glass pie plate covering the bottom and the sides.  Come up over the side of the pie plate about a half an inch.  Fill with apples, cinnamon, sugar, salt mixture. Place in the refrigerator.  Remove the other half of ball of dough and roll out between plastic wrap.  Cover the pie with the rolled out dough, take a knife and make a few slits in the top and sides of the pie crust.  You can brush with water and top with sugar.  Or brush with egg and cream.  Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for one hour.  Check to see that the crust doesn't brown too much.  If it starts to get very brown, place some tin foil around those areas.  Remove, let cool and enjoy.

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