Maria’s Apple Pie Recipe
We are well into summer here in the northeastern United States and the 4th of July holiday is just around the corner.
We often host parties at my house to celebrate the holiday and they have ranged from a dozen to 60 guests over the years! The menu consists of traditional American fare featuring juicy hamburgers, hotdogs, side salads and portobello mushroom burgers for the vegetarians! I tweak it a bit every year, but one thing that is a constant is my apple pie — it is the quintessential American dessert. I usually add a scoop of ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream and a light dusting of cinnamon, but it’s great by itself too!
I have made this pie hundreds of times and I like to play with it each time, sometimes I make a fancy lattice top, other times I cut out leaves or other shapes and place them on the crust and sometimes I skip the top crust all together and replace it with a crump topping! As for the filling, I add the flour to absorb some of the juice from the apples so the crust doesn’t get soggy, I find it also combines with the sugar to create a velvety texture. Finally, I use salted butter for everything! I know, I know, all the books tell you to use unsalted for baking, but I like salted, so that’s what I use.
Serve the pie warm if you like, but let it cool a little bit before serving so that the wedges cut nicely and of course it is good cold too! I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you are in the USA, I hope it becomes part of your 4th of July tradition too!
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