Last weekend for our small last minute football party, I decided to bake a pie and mark it off our Fall Bucket List! It was the first time I had ever baked a pie in my life! I was a little intimidated, having so many excellent pie bakers in my family. Both my side and Kevins side has some excellent pie bakers, and they are both named Aunt Lori! After a totally random search on Pinterest, I found a recipe and just thought, let’s try it! Had no idea if it would work or not, but I did it. I baked a friggin pie.
The first thing I would highly suggest you do; is read the recipe you are following pretty closely. Because I did not! I bought five pounds of gala apples, and the recipe suggested buying a variety of different kinds of apples to give it more of a better taste. Like apple crisp, granny smith, etc. Oh well, you live and learn right?!?!
Peeling the apples took the most time, and when you are not an avid apple peeler it took a little bit longer than most people I’d imagine. And try throwing in an eight-month-old baby that crawls like crazy, and your firefighter husband is sleeping from his shift before, so I had to dodge the baby trying to pick up the apple slices that fell on the floor because I was trying to peel these apples like a speed demon to get it done! Whew. Anyways, I digress.
After you peel the gazillion apples, you have to chop them! You better have some good sharp knives for this process, or it’ll take some time. After the first two apples, I had the chopping down.
Tossed all the peeled and chopped apples into a large pan.
You make this really yummy mixture and cook it on the stovetop. Oh my goodness, you could seriously do this part as potpourri for your house. Our place smelled glorious!
Next was the hardest part for me. You take your pie crust and spread it over your pie plate. If you are like me and inpatient as hell and don’t read directions then take it from me, read the directions! On the pie crust box, it says to let the pie crust get to room temperature because if you don’t, it’s really hard to roll out the crust on the pie plate. I’m glad I bought like three boxes of pie crust, because I just had a feeling, I would mess it up. Luckily, I only ripped one of the pie crusts!
Then you pour the yummy, cooked apple mixture into the pie plate.
I failed to take a picture of this next part, but you’ll want to flour your cutting board or countertop area and roll out the pie crust you’ll be using for the top layer. I decided to do a lattice top, and it wasn’t too hard. I didn’t measure or anything, I just took my pizza cutter and cut long shapes that were longer than the pie itself so it would fit across.
Here is the lattice covered pie, and I tucked in the sides as best I could. Photos on the internet make it look super easy to get your crust super smooth. I’m not there yet but was happy with how it ended up looking. Once you get your pie top the way you want, you’ll make the egg mixture to coat the top before throwing it in the oven.
After you coat the top layer with the egg mixture, you’ll sprinkle straight up sugar on top. How much or as little as you’d like.
If you follow the recipe I did, you’ll understand this part a little more. After the pie cooks for 15 minutes or so, you’ll take it out and put a crust cover on top to protect the crust from burning. You can google or look on Pinterest how to make your own out of foil like I did.
This is how the pie looks with the crust cover on, you’ll crinkle all the sides down, so it stays covered in the oven. I didn’t really understand this part until after the pie came out of the oven. It really does help protect the crust from burning!
The finished product! As you can see on the top part of the pie, the filling cooked out a little bit over the crust, but it still came out okay! I was so shocked! I was like oh my goodness, I just baked a pie. I’m a big girl now haha! I’m anxious to try another apple pie with the different varieties of apples, or a different kind of pie. Everyone seemed to love the pie, I even tried it, and it was really good. It was fun, and I’m glad I tried it!
The recipe I used is from The Food Charlatan. I pretty much followed the recipe exactly, except for the varieties of apples!
Have you baked a pie before? How did it turn out?
Thanks for reading!