So pies have been on my mind this week. Which is strange because the only time I ever make pie is a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. But when the baking itch needs to be scratched, sometimes all you need is a bag of apples.
It all started with the decision to make a gluten free apple pie. I bought a ton of apples and some gluten-free mix to make my dough and I was off. Just so you know…$14 of apples is more than you need for one pie…
I made the crust according to the box and then rolled it into a ball for the fridge for an hour
While it was cooling in the fridge, I started to prepare my apples.
I peeled and sliced 8 cups of apples. this made for a very full pie, so you can do 6 if you would like.
I took 1/3 cup brown sugar [packed], 1/3 cup white sugar, 2.5 Tbsp rice flour [remember this is gluten free, you can use normal flour if this is not an issue], 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg and mixed it all together.
I sprinkled 2/3 of this in with the apples, coating all of them
When time was up, I rolled out the dough to make the top and bottom. The box said it was supposed to make 4 crusts but I found out it really meant three. So I rolled one out into the pan and filled it with my apples
I then added the last 1/3 of the sugar mixture on top and layered the second dough on top, making little cuts along the top
|It’s a pretty tall pie|
Then I baked according to the pie crust box, which was 425’F for about 40 minutes. Make sure to check your dough recipe as some vary from 30-45 minutes for baking time.
I wrapped the edge with foil so that they wouldn’t get too crispy and burnt.
and Voila! We have apple pie!!
…it lasted 3 days….I don’t know if that is good or bad
But since I had the leftover dough….and a ton of leftover apples, I knew what I must do.
An apple streusel pie.
Basically it is the same as above. Roll out the bottom dough, peel and slice apples.
Then I made a much smaller portion of the sugar mix – only 1/4 cup of each sugar with 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1.4 tsp nutmeg and 2 Tbsp rice flour to mix in with the apples.
Then, to make the streusel it was
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 refrigerated pie crust, thawed
Hershey Kisses of choice, I used Caramel and then a Strawberry Bliss
1 egg white whisked with 1 Tbsp water
Powdered sugar for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out pie dough onto a lightly floured counter top. Place kisses around the edges of pie dough, about 2 1/2 inches apart .