Top 10 Reasons my Happy Apple Pie is Smiling
By Kath Dedon
Here are the Top 10 Reasons why my Happy Apple Pie is smiling!
(Drum roll, please!)
10. He’s made with just-picked Gala apples from our tree.
9. His crust is an easy pie crust for anyone to make.
8. His crust is made with heart-healthy olive oil.
7. The sweetener used is 100% honey!
6. This is the first pie my daughters learned to bake. Now they’re experts!
5. This is an extremely popular fellow at all gatherings of friends and family.
4. He knows that it’s not Thanksgiving without him!
3. This All-American was a big hit on the 4th of July this year.
2. When our Gala apples are gone, he can still be made year-round with Granny Smith apples.
And the #1 reason: He loves making children smile when he appears the next morning (especially on a school day) for breakfast! …… (You got your wheat, you got your fruit….just add a glass of milk and you’re good to go!)
Everyone seems to love apple pie. I developed this recipe years ago because I wanted to make a pie that was totally sweetened with honey. I buy a big container of plain honey for baking. You don’t want a fancy, flavorful honey here. Save the fancy honeys for your morning toast or for drizzling on fancy desserts.
Sometimes I use my food processor to quickly slice the apples. I just peel them, quarter them, take out the core, and put them in the food processor. This time I felt like slicing them by hand.
I have always called this pie my “Happy Apple Pie”. Truth be told, I usually just cut slits in the top crust for steam vents. I thought it would be fun for a change to give this happy pie a happy face!
Happy Apple Pie
1 recipe of Easy Pie Crust for a Two Crust Pie
About 6 medium, or 5 large, apples (you should have about 6 cups, sliced)
2/3 cup of honey
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Put a large rimmed baking sheet larger than the pie plate in the oven, and preheat to 375˚. (The baking sheet will catch any juices that boil over.)
2. Make the pie dough and set aside.
3. Wash and peel the apples and cut them into quarters. Cut the core out of each quarter.
4. Cut each quarter into slices and put in a large bowl.
5. Stir together the honey, ¼ cup flour, and cinnamon together.
6. Pour the honey mixture over the apples and gently stir.
7. Roll out the bottom crust for the pie and put it in the pie dish. Put the apples in the pie.
8. Roll out the top crust and place it on top of the apples.
9. Finish off the edge of the crust the way you like. (I just press the edge with a fork.)
10. Cut steam vents in the top crust.
11. Bake for about 50 minutes, until the crust is golden. Cool on a rack.