Amazing Apple Pie
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: Until crust is brown
  • Servings: 5-6 people
  • Preparation Time: 15-20 min.
  • 2 Premade Pie Crusts
  • Approx.. 10-12 Apples – Mixed types - flavor will vary slightly based on the types used.
  • Sugar about 1 tablespoon
  • Light Brown Sugar about 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamonn 1/2 tbsp
  • Flour 1/2 tbsp
  • Packet of Unflavored Gelatin
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring pie crust to room temperature,
  3. unroll and place in pie plate.
  4. Poke 3-4 spots in the crust with a fork.
  5. Wash & peel the apples.
  6. Cut into approximately ¼ ” sections being sure to
  7. remove the seeds and inner pieces. Random pieces are fine!
  8. Place a layer of apples into the crust trying to place them to leave no spaces. Try to be sure to randomly
  9. place different flavors in each layer.
  10. Sprinkle approximately 1 tablespoon each of white sugar and brown sugar – just enough so the tops of
  11. most apples are covered.
  12. Sprinkle with approximately ½ tbsp of flour and cinnamon.
  13. Open packet of gelatin and sprinkle just a little over the apples. This packet should last the entire pie.
  14. Repeat layering process.
  15. As you layer, amounts of sugar, flour and cinnamon may need to increase.
  16. The most important step is to place the apples leaving as little space in between the pieces as possible.
  17. Prior to putting the dry ingredients on the apple layer, push the layer down lightly if necessary.
  18. Continue layering process until the apples are overflowing and several inches above the crust.
  19. You want to think – “this is a ridiculous amount of apples!”
  20. You may need to wash and peal extras.
  21. You will have formed a rounded peak with the apples so there is very little top crust to trim off once placed.
  22. Place the 2nd crust over your apples carefully pressing against the apple layer.
  23. Flute the edge of the crust with your fingers or use a lightly floured fork to press the 2 crusts together. Trim any excess crust. Rub a very small amount of milk over the top crust.
  24. Place vent holes in the top pie crust – you can either cut small
  25. shapes towards the top or poke with a fork or knife depending on what type of look you would like for
  26. your pie.
  27. To achieve desired crust finish – rub or brush a small amount of:
  28. Ingredient: Result:
  29. milk flakier crust.
  30. egg white shinier crust
  31. Egg yolk deeper tan color
  32. Cover just the edges of crust along plate with a layer of tin foil. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown
  33. and a knife inserted (through one of the holes if you can to not ruin the crust) goes in smooth and you
  34. cannot “feel” any crunch from the apples. Remove the tin foil edge if necessary to achieve brownness on
  35. the edges. This is not always necessary as this area cooks quickly when not covered. You may also wish
  36. to place a layer of tin foil on the rack below your pie to catch any drippings from your apples.
  37. There will be overflow!
  38. Source: Family Recipe
RECIPE BACKSTORY
About three years ago my mom had been making food for the Thanksgiving meal all day and it was about to pay off. The best apple pie creation was being made, and it was so good that even after all of the food for a Thanksgiving Day meal was finished, it was devoured too! It started off as any old normal Thanksgiving with my brother and me getting out of bed to watch the Macy's Day Parade and as usual, they outdid themselves. My brother and I would be watching the TV and as soon as a new float came we start saying, “I can’t believe it! That was the best one.” At the end though, neither of us knew what our favorite was because they all looked great. I can remember one special float. My brother and I were about to leave to help cook but then the Santa float came. We both said in astonishment, “I wish I were there to see Santa come down the street in that huge float. That is amazing.” After the Macy's Day Parade finished, we raced to help our mom cook in the kitchen. This was a very fun time that the three of us spent together because we were learning the family recipes. The recipes weren't too complex but, being the first time, we had to keep saying, “Mom, I forgot what step is next. Can you tell me one more time?” Even though we were really annoying about helping, I think that helping out made this meal even more special. We made homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. We cut and baked rolls, and most important of all, made the turkey. The turkey took most of the morning preparing, but it was worth it. The turkey mixed with the mashed potatoes and stuffing was amazing. This day may seem memorable but the important parts are yet to come. My whole family showed up there and this doesn’t usually happen unless something big happens. We all gathered around the dining room table and held hands for grace. This year was my turn to say grace and that made a pretty memorable moment in my life. Everyone told me I did a good job because I had come up with it off the top of my head. As we sat down the whole family engaged themselves in the food and in no time at all the entire turkey was gone except for enough for about two turkey sandwiches. Then from the kitchen came a huge apple pie that my mom made from her own recipe. This was the best apple pie I had ever tasted. It was so filled to the very top of the crust that it looked like it would explode. The apple pie had to have used 10 apples, and it was over filling the pan it was put in with the warm apple gooeyness. The pie’s crust was crispy, brown, and tan while the apples tasted slightly like cinnamon. And the filling with the apples was delectable and completed the whole dish. This is what I was waiting for all Thanksgiving Day. That is my story on the time I got to say grace, I got to help cook the meal, I watched the Macys Day Parade, and tasted the amazing apple pie. As my brother said that day to everything that happened, “That was amazing!” Submitted by: "Will T."