Not for the novice cook. 😦 Sorry.
Polly was the mother of one of our dearest friends. She lived a life punctuated with fabulous sugary creations. We have found we need to eliminate lots of purely sugary downloads, but I make exceptions for Thanksgiving or very special company.
This pie is one of the exceptions. The secrets to it are: real butter, too much sugar, and the baking time and temp. The bottom crust will be a bit difficult to manage, but you will NOT care.
Every “Pie Day” I wish I’d written this apple pie recipe to share. So here we are, at 3/14/16 (pi, rounded) and it’s no use; I never have.
The trouble is, I don’t have a recipe.
But if you are experienced enough at cooking pies, you can make sense of this recipe, I am sure.
Polly’s Apple Pie!
Set oven for 325 degrees.
2 pie crusts made with egg, butter, and vinegar
One deep-dish pie plate made of glass.
1, 3-pound bag of good cooking apples
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional—I don’t)
1 stick real butter
small amount of additional sugar (optional—I do)
- Roll bottom crust and place into large, glass, deep-dish pie plate.
- Do NOT peel apples. Wash, core, and slice as thinly as possible (about 20-24 slices per apple, at least.)
- Mix apples with sugar and pack as many as possible into bottom crust. You may have to rearrange them to make them all fit. It’s worth it.
- Cut butter into fat slices and arrange over apple slices.
- Roll top crust and vent many times. Apply to pie and seal carefully.
- Spritz top with water and sprinkle with additional sugar, if desired.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 90 minutes. (Yes, one and a half hours.) Do not place anything under the pie for catching spills. It will spill over, probably, but it’s worth it. It caramelizes. You will not believe this pie and will gain a new respect for an oven with a spill in it. I promise.
Okay, friends, this is the secret to the most amazing apple pie you ever, ever ate:
- Real butter.
- Too much sugar
- Bake in glass plate at 325 for one and a half hours
Even apple-pie-disdainers love this one.
Come back this fall, and I’ll add a better photo. 🙂