One of my biggest goals this winter break was to learn how to cook. While I can safely say I’ve mastered the art of grilled cheese (or maybe I just can’t get enough of it), knowing how to cook pretty much necessitates that I also learn how to bake. (A woman’s gotta know how to bake, y’all.)
Not that I really mind. This Sunday I tried my hand at some good-old apple pie. The result? Delicious savory pie with a warm apple filling and light, flaky crust. Not too sugary, but a perfect treat to satisfy the sweet tooth. Did I mention this was my first time baking something from scratch? :)
Homemade Apple Pie with Brown Sugar Glaze
Ingredients: (serves 6)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup water
2 pie crusts (1 for base, 1 for making the top lattice)
6 apples, cored, peeled and sliced/diced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup water
Pie crust: In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Mix in shortening until mixture resembles course crumbs, then add water and stir until mixture forms into a ball. Divide dough into half and shape into balls, but make sure not to overwork it. Refrigerate for at least four hours (I did overnight).
Apple pie: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Melt the butter in a saucepan, and stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer. Place the bottom crust in your pan and cover with apples, mounded slightly. Cover the top with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust so it does not run off. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, and then continue baking at 350 degrees F for 35 to 45 minutes until apples are soft.
Serve hot and enjoy!