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GD Squared’s Secret Apple Pie Recipe 🤫


 

Pie Crust


Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 Tablespoons sugar

  • 3/4 cup (a stick and a half) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1/4 inch cubes

  • 1/2 cup of all-vegetable shortening (8 Tbsp)

  • 6-8 Tablespoons ice water

Directions
  1. Put flour, sugar, and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a couple times to mix. Add about half of the butter to the food processor and pulse several times. Then add the rest of the butter and pulse 6 to 8 times until the largest pieces of butter are about the size of large peas. Add shortening in tablespoon sized chunks, and pulse 4 more times.Sprinkle the mixture with about 1/4 cup of ice water (make sure there are no ice cubes in the water!) and pulse again. Then add more ice water, a tablespoon at a time, pulsing once or twice after each addition until the dough just barely begins to hold together. You know that the mixture is ready if when you pinch some of the crumbly dough together with your fingers, it holds together. Be cautious with the amount of water you add, too much and the crust will be tough.

  2. Carefully empty the crumbly dough mixture from the food processor on to a clean, dry, flat surface. Gather the mixture in a mound. At this point, if you want, you can do what the French call fraisage: push down with the palm of your hand on the dough crumbles a few times. This will help flatten the pieces of butter into layers which will help your crust be flaky.

  3. Divide the dough mixture into two even-sized mounds. Use your hands to form each one into a disk. Do not over-knead! Kneading develops gluten which will toughen the dough, not something you want in a pastry crust. If you started with cold butter you should be able to see small chunks of butter speckling the dough. This is a good thing. These small bits of butter will spread out into layers as the crust cooks so you have a flaky crust! Sprinkle each disk with a little flour, wrap each one in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for one hour or up to 2 days.

  4. Remove one crust disk from the refrigerator. Let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes in order to soften just enough to make rolling out a bit easier. Roll out with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch circle; about 1/8 of an inch thick. As you roll out the dough, check if the dough is sticking to the surface below. If necessary, add a few sprinkles of flour under the dough to keep the dough from sticking. Carefully place onto a 9-inch pie plate. Gently press the pie dough down so that it lines the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Use a pair of kitchen scissors to trim the dough to within 1/2 inch of the edge of the pie dish.

  5. Roll out second disk of dough, as before. Cut 1 inch strips and layer them on top of the mound of apples leaving about 3/4” gap between each strip. Then layer another 4-5 strips the other direction creating a woven pattern.

  6. Add filling on top of the pie slowly making sure to let enough filling soak into the gaps between the strips.


 

Pie Filling


Ingredients
  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced


Directions

Prep 30 m  |  Cook 1 h

  1. Melt butter in a sauce pan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add white sugar, brown sugar and water; bring to a boil. Reduce temperature, and simmer 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.

  3. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes.


 

Attribution: This recipe has evolved from multiple recipes over the years. We couldn't find the original sources, so we will award a prize to the first person to track them down.

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