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Request: Check, Please! Maple Apple Pie

This recipe was requested by @knightofkestrels , and as a fellow fan of adorable hockey boys, who was I to say no? As a perfect blend of Canadian and American culture, I am also posting this as a celebration of both Canada and America’s Independence days!

I don’t normally specify a recipe for pastry dough or crusts in recipes. This is in part because I want to leave that option completely open to the individual and what methods they are most comfortable using. However, it was specifically asked that I make the dough from scratch for this one, so I took my basic go-to recipe for pie crusts (courtesy of Betty Crocker) and have added it below.

~Ingredients~

Crust

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2/3 + 2 tbsp. Unsalted Butter or Shortening, cold (I used butter)
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • Up to ½ cup Cold Water

Pie Filling

  • 4-5 Apples (you can use your favorite pie apples, I used Braeburn).
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp.Maple Syrup
  • ½ tsp. Each Cinnamon and Allspice
  • ¼ tsp. Each Nutmeg and Ginger
  • (Optional) Lemon juice, as needed

Maple Glaze

  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Maple Syrup

Prep Time: 1 hr. - 1 day, including dough  |  Total Cook Time: 45 - 50 min.

Makes: 1 pie

~Instructions~

(Optional) Step 1.) Play Beyoncé.

Crust

Step 1.) Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl.

Step 2.) Chop the cold butter into cubes and mix into the flour, either with a mixer, food processor, or you can use your hands, until the dough forms into pea-size clumps.

Step 3.) Add the cold water 1 tbsp. at a time as you continue to mix the dough until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl and holds together (you likely not use the full ½ cup.) 

Step 4.) Dust lightly with flour and cover the bowl or wrap the dough in cling wrap. Allow the dough to chill in the refrigerator from 1 hour to overnight.

Pie + Glaze

Step 1.) Wash peel and slice your apples into thin slices. (Use the lemon juice to prevent the slices from browning.) Set aside.

Step 2.) Preheat oven to 425  ºF. Divide the dough into two parts and use a rolling pin to flatten each piece into a circle large enough to fit a 9″ pie tin (will be roughly 1/8″ thick.) Place the first crust into the pie tin.

Step 3.) Combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, and spices for the filling and add to the apple slices to coat them completely. Spoon the filling in small amounts into the pie tin.

Step 4.) Cover the filing with the second pie crust and trim the crust to be flush with the edge of the pie tin (kitchen shears come in handy for this!) Seal the edges with a fork, and cut some slits in the middle of the pie to allow for ventilation. Add any pie crust decorations from excess dough if desired, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 20 - 25 min.

Step 5.) Just before the first 20 - 25 min. is up, combine the brown sugar and maple for the glaze in a small saucepan and heat until it is bubbling (don’t let the bottom burn). Remove the foil from the pie, brush the glaze over the pie crust and allow to bake uncovered for another 15 min.

Step 6.) Allow the pie to cool for up to 2 hours and serve! Enjoy!

~Results~

YES SO GOOD! The only thing to watch out for is that the maple glaze does bake a little faster/darker than egg washes and other glazes I’ve worked with so just keep an eye out for that. 

Now go watch some hockey and pig out on pie!!!