Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Easy As Pie...

This past weekend, Brian and I decided to have an impromptu dinner party for some friends. While Brian was in charge of making the delicious dinner, I was in charge of the dessert.

I wanted to make a dessert that would be great in taste, but small in preparation; as I had little time to make it. While searching online for a fun dessert, I found this wonderful apple pie recipe that I decided to make and add something of my own to give it some flair and jazz it up. The recipe is below:

Homemade Apple Pie

Recipe for 2 - 9" Double Crust Pie Crust (I purchased my pie dough at the grocery store and simply rolled it into my pie plate and then covered it with the top piece.)

6 cups Granny Smith apple slices, peeled and cored
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg to taste
2 Tablespoons cold butter, cut in small pieces
1/2 cup orange flavored dried cranberries*

Directions - How To Make an Apple Pie:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll out the pie crust bottom and tops leaving enough overhang to fold underneath. Place the bottom pie crust evenly in a 9" pie pan or ceramic pie dish and set aside. Fold the top crust in half and place a towel over it so it doesn't dry out.

In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with lemon juice. Add sugars, flour and spices if desired, mixing gently.
Fold into prepared pie crust and dot with cold butter.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juices are bubbly. Place a piece of aluminum foil around the rim if the edges start to brown too fast.
Remove to cooling rack and let cool for at least 30 minutes.
Serve Apple Pie à la mode with ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.
Refrigerate any leftovers.
Makes 1 double crust apple pie. Serves 8.

*For my pie, I decided to add some orange flavored dried cranberries that I purchased from Trader Joe's. It added a flavorful touch to the pie. 

The pie tasted wonderful. Although, I need some practice pinching my crust...:)

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