Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Apple pie and a giveaway

Contrary to what a lot of people think, apple pie is almost exclusively an American thing. We don't make pies in Spain, I haven't seen them in Italy, England or France. One wonders how we survive at all.

So when I went home in October (I know, post long due), I made apple pie to bring to my aunt's. As a tradeoff, she made me the most delicious paella in the world. I won't accept any arguments with that.

I think the only 'hard' part of making pie is the crust. I swear by Smitten Kitchen's all butter crust. The only trick is to work as fast as you can to avoid melting the butter.

Once you have the crust cooling down in the fridge, get ready to peel and slice about 7-8 medium sized apples. I know most people use granny smith and or McIntosh, however I used Braeburn. Once peeled and chopped, toss the apples with about 1/2 cup brown sugar and the juice of two lemons. This will prevent some of the discoloration you get from apple oxidation.

Let the apples sit for about 30 min in the sugar/lemon mixture. In the meantime, roll your dough. Once the apples are ready, roll the bottom crust of the pie and place your apples nice and pretty in your pan.

If you're into the lattice top crust, go ahead and cut the rest of your dough in strips. For a tutorial on how to do it best, check this.

Now you can bake your pie at 350 F for about 50-60 min or until the apple juices are bubbling.

And now for the giveaway

Stephanie from Zinio has offered to give 9 of my readers a free subscription to any of the magazines Zinio has to offer. If this doesn't sound appealing enough, some of their titles are 'Vegetarian times', 'La cucina italiana', 'Taste of Home', 'Eating Well' and many others. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and let me know what you're baking these holidays. Remember to leave an e-mail contact address. The giveaway deadline is December 20th at 12 AM PT. 

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Rachel Adams said...

Definitely one of my top two favorite pies. I like to throw a little cinnamon into the brown sugar mix as well.

LizB said...

I'm baking cinnamon-sugared pecans (for gift giving) and gumdrop cookies (to hoard).

Puff Pie said...

I love baking. Good giveaway of apple pie. Enjoy the taste. We bake everyday 100's of pies. And try new varieties.

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claire said...

grad student's buche de noel: looks super impressive but requires no work. and gluten free! and alcoholic!

Kelsie Kendrick said...

This pie looks delicious! I made an apple pie this last weekend and froze it to have at Christmas and of course I am making (and eating) too many cookies :)

Stephie said...

I may be too late, but I'll probably be baking a lasagna over the holidays. Yum!

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