Crust Crust Apple Pie – The Daring Kitchen Baker’s June Challenge 2013


June 27, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson

IMG_3502My name is Joanne and I now LOVE to bake! Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy

By now, you have been keeping up with The Daring Kitchen’s Cook’s and Baker’s Challenges monthly! Wink

The challenges “keep me on my toes!”

This month was no exception!

Before I begin, I have a confession! Shocked

I have never made apple pie from scratch!! ShockedShockedShocked

“Really?”, I ‘hear” you say?

Um, well, GULP…NOT until today!

Thank you Rachel from pizzarozza via The Daring Kitchen…as without your challenge, I would not have made my Crust Crust (double crust…get it? Wink) Apple Pie from scratch!

This month’s challenge was “all about pie; sweet pie to be exact.”

Rachel gave us four pies to choose from; could make one or all four.

As soon as I saw the choice of Traditional Grandma-style Double crust apple pie, it brought me back to childhood with a favorite memory!

When I used to visit my Grandma with my dad in The Bronx (in New York), she “always” made a “special” apple pie for me!

Thank you Rachel for allowing me to remember that too! As visiting Grandma was always something “special” my dad and I did together! Very Happy

Hopefully you know the expression, “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!”

I applied this philosophy today!

While “some” variations were allowed in the choices, it was “mandatory” we make our own pastry!

For me, there is only one pastry recipe!

Made with NO sugar, THAT is a BONUS for me! Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy

I used Pati’s Mexican Table Pati’s Hojaldre (Puff Pastry)!

It IS an AMAZING and “fool proof” recipe!

Did I mention FOOL PROOF? TRUE!
If I can make it, SO then can YOU! Wink

Pati’s Jojaldre IS SO simple and easy to do!
Thank you Pati!!!! Thank you! Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy

Readers…perhaps you remember Pesto Apricot Brie En Croute and Sugarless Pear Jam and Brie Pastry Bites On A Stick too?

“Why did you choose the Traditional Grandma-style Double crust apple pie?”, I “hear” you say!

Being American born and bred and ever since I saw “the challenge” AND the apple pie, I could not get this song out of my head!

For those unfamiliar with this song that was released in 1971 and the story surrounding American Pie, which was that was sung by American songwriter Don McLean, I think it is quite interesting.

The song is a recounting of The Day The Music Died when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959.

Just like Don McLean’s song, the pie I chose “is a classic” just like me! Wink

2 2/3 cups all purpose flour, sifted, plus more for rolling dough
1/4 pound (340 grams) very cold butter, cut into cubes
1/4 teaspoons salt
3/4 very cold water

THAT’S IT! ;-)

In a food processor, place flour and salt. Add butter and pulse a couple of times, until the butter is incorporated. (about the size of a pea)

Slowly pour in cold water while pulsing until a very crumbly dough is formed.

Turn dough onto a clean, lightly floured workspace and gently push it together with your hands — do NOT knead!

With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out dough into a roughly looking triangle.

Use your hands to fold the two bottom tips inward and the top down, like an envelope.

Turn dough a quarter-turn clockwise and roll out, into a rectangle shape.

Fold the two ends lengthwise into the middle to meet.

Fold the dough in half across.

Turn the dough another quarter turn clockwise and repeat both the triangle and rectangle steps above.

Wrap puff pasty in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.

THAT’S IT! ;-)

Per Rachel’s challenge, this double crusted apple pie was adapted from Baking Bible: From the oven to the table.

Ingredients I used in my pie based on the size
1.1 pounds (~18 ounces), peeled, diced apples (I used granny smiths as had on hand)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 egg with 1 teaspoon water for egg wash
oil spray

Preheat oven to 220C/425°F.
Oil spray ceramic pie pan. (Mine was in the shape of a heart! Wink

Baking times “may” differ depending on what size pie pan you use and whether glass or ceramic.

Take 2/3 of the pastry dough —12oz/340g; (The suggestion to weigh the dough in the recipe provided was very helpful) roll out to fit pie dish, right up to the rim.

Line pie dish, prick bottom with a fork;set aside.

Peel, quarter, core and slice apples;place in a bowl.

Sprinkle with brown sugar and allspice spice until well coated.

Place mixture “tightly” into the pie dish.

Hint and Tip
I used the back of a wooden spoon to pack the apples in.

Hint and Tip as provided by Rachel’s recipe instructions:

“The filling can come up above the rim of the dish in a mound.”

Roll out the remaining pastry; fit over the apples.

With a wet finger, moisten the edge of the pastry in the dish.

Place dough lid on the pie and press the edges together.

Trim edges as necessary and crimp the seam closed with your fingers or the back of a fork.

With a pair of scissors, cut three vents in the top of the dough.
IMG_3505Hint and Tip as provided by Rachel’s instructions:
You can either cut leaf-shaped vents and use the pieces you removed to fashion decorative leaves, or you can cut straight vents and use any pastry trimmings to fashion decorations as desired. Moisten the back of the decorations with a wet finger and gently press onto the top of the pie.

IMG_3503Glaze top of the pie with a beaten egg; sprinkle top with a little white sugar.

Place pie dish on a baking sheet and put it into the center of the oven.

Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to moderate 180°C (350°F); bake for a further 30 minutes. The top should be light golden brown.

Serve hot, warm or cold.

My Crust Crust Apple Pie was starting to get a bit too dark too quick, so I placed a piece of aluminum foil on top and removed it towards the end so as to get the desired doneness of “light golden brown.”

WHAT a GREAT Daring Kitchen Baker’s June Challenge 2013 indeed!

I SO hope, I can now “inspire” you to make Crust Crust (Double Crust lol) Apple Pie if you have never made too!

I would LOVE to hear from you WHEN you can “sing” about YOUR apple pie TRUE! Wink

My WISH for you is that you were here to taste how GREAT this Crust Crust Pie was;
the pastry was “light and flaky” as can be!”

The kitchen smelled AMAZING and not only did I enjoy the challenge, but I will DEFINITELY again make this recipe!
Chef Georgio (aka hubby) gave it “two thumbs up” too! Wink


53 thoughts on “Crust Crust Apple Pie – The Daring Kitchen Baker’s June Challenge 2013

  1. debraaelliott1960 says:

    So yummy in your tummy Southern good… thank you for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday.

  2. G’day Joanne! Your posts are so engaging I’m always taken in. I didn’t know you spent time visiting your grandmother in the Bronx – I was raised there way back in the ‘day’, you don’t want to know the year! :). Thanks so much for sharing your apple pie recipe. You did it! you beat the crust! It’s really not all that bad, it’s just getting to make it the first time that’s difficult.

    Thanks so much for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. I look forward to seeing you again next week.

  3. Thank you Joanne! It looks delicious. Thanks for linking up with Foodie Friends Friday.

  4. What a glorious apple pie, Joanne! I may need to buy that cookbook so I can make your recommended pie crust. Your decorative touches are so lovely!

  5. aimeeberrett says:

    Mmm I love apple pie and your crust looks perfect!

  6. What a gorgeous pie!!
    I have been so slack lately with the Daring Baker Challenges. I really will have to participate in next months challenge. They are always so inspirational.

    Your pie is just so gorgeous! I would love a huge bite

  7. Stacy says:

    Your pie came out beautifully, Joanne! I especially love the little bow. 🙂 Your grandmother must have been a wonderful lady. I have special memories of being in the kitchen with my grandmother as well and I treasure them.

  8. Pies were one of the first things I started making “on my own” way back when. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, and pies were the coarse that I decided to tackle first. Congrats on your first homemade Apple Pie – it looks fantastic! Is it just me, or is baking a pie from scratch particularly satisfying!? 🙂

  9. As American as apple pie, right? That’s definitely American. 🙂

  10. hotlyspiced says:

    I love Don McLean’s song but it’s so sad. You just can’t imagine losing three people of such talent who were all so young in such a shocking way. I love the look of your pie and the bow is very cute! xx

  11. babso2you says:

    Looks like a lovely pie Joanne! I did a pie post too a while back!

  12. Kalyan says:

    looks lovely & delicious…mouthwatering!

  13. For a first attempt, I give you an A+++ ! Wonderful, and I love the little bow, you’re very talented!

  14. Crumbs of Love says:

    Love that you have never made apple pie before and loved the fact that you found it easy! GREAT!!!

  15. marilyne_k says:

    There is a first for everything, and this one sure looks like a success! Great job on the challenge 🙂

  16. chocolatepeanutbutterohmy says:

    Hubby loves apple pie, il have to try this one 🙂

  17. pizzarossa says:

    I love your pie, Joanne, and I am thrilled that I challenged you to make something totally new! 🙂

  18. ChgoJohn says:

    By looks alone I think you met the challenge. Your pie looks just like an apple pie should. I bet your kitchen smelt wonderful as that pie baked. There’s nothing like the aroma of fresh apple pie in the oven. Yum!

  19. Rosa Mayland says:

    A beautiful and mouthwatering pie! That is something I really love as it reminds me of my English grandmother.



  20. Hi Joanne! just paying my regular visit to your blog lol I needed to make a 4th of july recipe and what is more american than Apple Pie,,,will keep your in mind! Thank You for sharing! will jump to another of your fabulous posts shortly!

  21. Well Hello Joanne, you clever thing! Greats posts and pictures. I never knew you were doing this – welcome to the world of blogging!

  22. Joanne your apple pie looks awesome (nothing like a classic!) and that pastry sounds wonderful! Great job on your first apple pie 🙂

  23. How cute is that bow! And mine doesn’t go up until tomorrow but now I’m craving pie because of all the pies 😛

  24. Ol' Big Jim says:

    Reading this recipe very nearly did me in. I reckon I’ll be making a big ol’ apple pie this weekend! Don’t get my wrong, my apple pie is so good it’ll make you slap your grandma, but his one… oh my… words are failing me and my shirtfront is wet…

  25. aishazd says:

    Joanne, your pie looks great!!

  26. I love, love apple pies and yours looks right up my alley! Thumbs up for it!

  27. Yuum! I can smell how good that apple pie was just by looking at those photos! Your decorations are so cute and seem simple enough – I normally shy away from anything that is too fussy (I am too eager to get it in the oven so its ready to eat! ) but i think even I could manage those little bows, and they look amazing!

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