Here is a technique that I would really like to master…..homemade pie! All through the summer, my family is making fresh pies with whatever fresh fruit is ripe. The pies are amazing. The pie doughs are homemade. This is only the second pie that I have ever attempted, and I do need some work.
The filling is my own recipe. I did follow a recipe for the pie dough. The flavor of this pie was amazing, I kind of surprised myself. This pie is not super sweet because I made it with Granny Smith apples, chopped craisins, brown sugar, splash of hard cider, and a dash of cinnamon. I used Stella Artois Cidre. I prefer tartness over sweetness, and Granny Smith apples are my favorite. So if you are into the sweeter flavor, this may not be the pie for you.
The construction of the pie did not meet my expectations. Mainly this was due to my inexperience. I attempted all of the fancy edges that I have seen in various cookbooks without avail. The pie dough was slightly more brown than I had intended. I believe that trial and error is the best way for me to get down a good pie dough. There are a lot of great articles with tips and tricks on how to make the perfect pie dough.
I made this Cran-Apple Pie for Thanksgiving this year. It is great holiday dessert. Overall consensus was success. Those who didn’t care for it as much like sweeter tasting pies.
Cran-Apple Pie Filling
6 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup of chopped craisins
2/3 cups of sugar
3 T of brown sugar
3 T of corn starch
Splash of hard cider
Dash of Cinnamon
Mix all of these ingredients in a large mixing bowl until mixed evenly. Use filling with 2 dough pie crust for 9 inch pie.