I recently went on vacation and returned wanting nothing but apple pie. I’m not really sure where the craving came from but apple pie was on my mind. My first day back from vacation I was doing laundry, putting things back in their places and counting the minutes until I was finished and ready to make my pie.
There’s something comforting about apple pie. Maybe it’s the way it fills my whole house with it’s sweet and homey aroma, or maybe it’s experiencing all the different textures in that first bite, or maybe it’s because I just enjoy damn good pie. Or maybe it’s all of the above!
I began with making the crust. Let me just say that the first try I added too much water to the dough and it wasn’t going to work so I threw it out. I started over with a cup of flour, 2 tablespoons of cold diced butter and about 4 tablespoons of water added slowly and then 1/4 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. That was just the right amount of liquid. I removed the dough, patted it down in to a disc and wrapped it up and placed it in the fridge for 30 minutes. During this time I peeled my two and a half Honeycrisp apples. Are there any better apples in the world than Honeycrisp?! These are my most favorite apples, ever! I bought three at the store the day I returned even though they were $1.99/lb which I think is absurd but I really wanted them.
I peeled and sliced the apples fairly thin, added a squeeze of lemon juice, some cinnamon (to taste), about a 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and almond extract for added flavor, a splash of Amaretto Liquor, a dash of Penzey’s Apple Pie Spice and a couple drops of doTerra Wild Orange essential oil. I mixed it all together, added a little bit of flour and let it sit while I rolled out the dough. After placing the rolled dough in the pie pan I filled it with my apples and then mixed some flour, brown sugar and more diced butter together to make a crumb topping.
This pie was perfect! I love it when I can put ingredients together and know that it’s going to turn out the way I want it to. I love that I can put butter and flour, sugar and water together and it makes delicious dough. I love baking applies and breathing in the wonderful smell of them with cinnamon and vanilla. I reluctantly let the pie cool enough so I could cut a piece and enjoy it without burning my mouth, I hate that. That first bite was amazing; the crumbly crumb topping, the warm baked apples with a hint of orange and the perfect crust. It was like heaven….
And I say again, is there anything better than apple pie?
Go on and make yourself an apple pie, a chocolate cream pie or a pizza pie but get in your kitchen and cook up something you’re in love with and can’t wait to have!