An “Only in Utah” event…Pioneer Day. It is a Mormon holiday that is pretty much bigger than the 4th of July. However the Non-Mormons celebrate with Pie & Beer instead.
We don’t actually celebrate either of them, however I will never pass up pie!
Yesterday I made the old standby of apple…Always a winner.
Crust (makes (2) 9in crusts)
- 2.5 C Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1 C Cold Butter (cubed)
- 1/4C Vodka
- 1/4C Cold Water
Mix together flour, salt, sugar Then cut in the cubed butter. Add the vodka and mix, add in the water little by little as needed.
Gently kneed dough, divide in 1/2, form into a disk shape, wrap each disk in plastic wrap and place in fridge for at least 1/2 hr.
- 9-10 Granny Smith Apples (peeled and cored)
- 1/2 C Butter
- 3Tbsp Flour
- 1/2 C Brown Sugar
- 1/2 C Sugar
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- 1/4C Cold Water
Slice apples to about 1/8-1/4 in slices, in a large pot (enough room for the apples) melt butter over Med heat, add in flour and mix to form a paste. Add in both sugars & cinnamon, stir, add in water. Bring to a boil then simmer till it thickens. Add in apples and coat.
Prepare your pie pan (I spray with a coconut oil spray) and place on a large cookie sheet (The filling will bubble out and make a mess of your oven if you skip this part)
Roll out your first dough pack on a floured surface to about 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick (or until the crust will fit the pan) Lay in the pan and just gently seat it.
Roll out your other dough disk just the same way.
Pour the apple and sauce into the crusted pan, place the other crust on top.
Crimp the edges to make a border and seal the crust. Cut slits on the top crust to vent.
Optional: make an eg wash to brush on the top crust, and sprinkle caster sugar on top as well.
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 min. Once the time is up, continue to cook until you see the center of the pie bubbling. Let cool for a few hours before serving.
- I use my food processor for both the crust and filling. Use the plastic blade for cutting in the butter, then switch to the thin slicer for the apples.
- You don’t have to use vodka, however it helps keep a crispy crust. You can use all water, however I feel it is best with the vodka.