Pies

Apple Pie

This makes quarantine a little better! Recipe #15 on kingarthurflour.com‘s Best Basic Recipes Collection. This is a really good apple pie, not too sweet not too tart. In our family we usually have Cherry Apple Pie, it is a heavenly combination. It is always a nice treat to have pie!

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Crust
2½ cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup cold butter
7-10 Tbl ice water

Filling
8 cups peeled, sliced apple (from about 3 1/4 pounds whole apples)
2 Tbl lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbl flour
2 Tbl cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 cup boiled cider or undiluted apple juice concentrate
2 tsp vanilla, optional
2 Tbl butter, diced in small pieces

To make the crust: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Work in the shortening until mixture is evenly crumbly. Dice the butter into 1/2″ pieces, and cut into mixture until you have flakes of butter the size of a dime.

Add water 2 Tbl at a time, mixing with a fork as you sprinkle water into the dough. When the dough is moist enough to hold together when you squeeze it, transfer it to a piece of wax or parchment paper. It’s OK if there are some dry spots in the pile. Use a spray bottle of water to lightly spritz these places; that way you’ll add just enough water to bring the dough together without creating a wet spot.

Fold dough over on itself three or four times to bring it together, then divide it into two pieces, one about twice as large as the other. The larger piece will be the bottom crust; the smaller piece, the top crust. Pat each piece of dough into a disk about 3/4″ thick.

Roll each disk on its edge, like a wheel, to smooth out the edges. This step will ensure your dough will roll out evenly, without a lot of cracks and splits at the edges later. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes before rolling.

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a 9″ pie pan that’s at least 2″ deep. This will make serving the pie easier after it’s baked.

To make the filling: Combine the sliced apples and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cornstarch, salt, and spices. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples, and stir to coat them. Stir in the boiled cider (or apple juice concentrate) and the vanilla, if you choose to use it.

To assemble the pie: Roll the larger piece of pastry into a 13″ circle. Transfer it to the prepared pan, and trim the edges so they overlap the rim of the pan by an inch all the way around. Spoon the apple filling into the pan. Dot the top with the diced butter.

Roll out the remaining pastry to an 11″ circle. Carefully place the pastry over the apples. Bring the overhanging bottom crust up and over the top crust, pinching to seal the two and making a decorative crimp. Prick the crust all over with a fork, to allow steam to escape. Or cut decorative vent holes, if desired. Alternatively, you can weave a lattice.

For extra crunch and shine, brush the top crust with milk (or an egg white beaten with 1 tablespoon of water), and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Place the pie in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to firm up the crust while the oven finishes heating.

Place the pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the pie for 20 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 375°F and bake for 40 minutes more, until you see the filling bubbling inside the pie (and perhaps dripping onto the parchment). Check the pie after half an hour of baking time, and cover the edges with foil or a pie shield to keep them from browning too quickly, if necessary. When the pie is done — you should see the filling bubbling vigorously, either around the edges, or via any decorative vents — remove it from the oven.

Cool the pie completely before slicing — really. Cutting any fruit pie that’s still warm is a messy business. The filling continues to thicken as the pie cools, and if you cut it too soon it will run out all over the place. It’s better to bake the pie in advance, cool it completely, then warm each slice as needed after it’s been cut. Store any leftover pie, lightly covered, at room temperature for several days. Freeze for longer storage.

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Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie isn’t just for Thanksgiving, it’s for quarantine too! This is recipe #4 of kingarthurflour.com Best Basic Recipe Collection. I’m enjoying baking my way through this collection, it’s delicious!

Pumpkin Pie 1

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1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbl flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp pepper, optional
3 large eggs, beaten
2 cups (15oz can) pumpkin
1¼ cups light cream or evaporated milk
1 single pie crust, your favorite or King Arthur single pie crust

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugars, flour, salt, and spices. In a large measuring cup, beat together the eggs, pumpkin, and cream or evaporated milk. Whisk into the dry ingredients. For best flavor, cover and refrigerate the filling overnight before baking. Roll the pie dough out to a 13″ circle, and transfer to the pan. Crimp the edges above the rim; this will give you a little extra headroom to hold the filling when it expands in the oven. Refrigerate the crust while the oven preheats to 400°F.

When the oven is hot, place the pie pan on a baking sheet to catch any drips. Pour the filling into the unbaked pie shell. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the filling is set 2″ in from the edge. The center should still be wobbly. Remove the pie from the oven and cool on a rack; the center will finish cooking through as the pie sits.

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Nutella Cream Pie

If you are a Nutella fan, this might be a new favorite pie for you.

Nutella Cream Pie

1 Prebaked single crust 9″ deep dish pie shell
3 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
4½ Tbl cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
4 egg yolks, beaten
3/4 cup Nutella (or other brand chocolate hazelnut spread)

Combine milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in large saucepan.  Heat over medium heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Add a small amount of hot milk mixture to egg yolks to warm (whisking constantly), and then add egg yolks to milk mixture (whisking constantly).  Boil 1 minute stirring constantly till thick and smooth.  Remove from heat and add Nutella and stir until completely combined.  Beat several times while cooling a bit.  Pour filling into baked pie shell while slightly warm. Cover with wax paper. Cool completely in refrigerator until set.  Serve with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chopped hazelnuts.

Pies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Crust Pie

Mixing two favorites, pumpkin pie and chewy oatmeal cookies. Yum!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Crust Pie

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Oatmeal Cookie Crust:
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup cold butter, cut in chunks
1 egg

Pumpkin Filling:
1 (15oz) can pumpkin
1 (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400°. In large bowl, stir together sugar, brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt. Cut butter into dry mixture, until crumbly. In small bowl, whisk egg. Add egg to oat mixture and stir just until comes together, but still a bit crumbly. Measure out 1/2 cup of crust mixture, set aside. Press remaining crust mixture into a well sprayed 9″ deep dish, 9½”, or 10″ pie plate, covering bottom and up sides. Lay foil inside with pie weights, rice or beans to keep the pie shell shape during baking. Bake 12 minutes.

While shell is baking, mix filling. In large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.

Remove pie shell from oven and with hot pad, press down on weights (rice or beans) to help reshape the shell if shape has changed a little during baking. Let crust sit 5 minutes. Gently remove foil with weights from inside of oatmeal shell. Pour pumpkin filling mixture into shell. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes at 400°. Reduce heat to 350° and bake 15 minutes. Remove pie from oven, evenly sprinkle reserved oatmeal cookie mixture over top of pumpkin filling. Return to oven for 15 more minutes. Watch pie during baking, at some point you will need to cover edge with pie shell ring or ring of foil to prevent from getting too brown. Cool completely for filling to set up and slice cleanly. Serve with sweetened whipped cream.

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Crustless Coconut Custard Pie

So easy and delicious. A quick dessert to make for pop-in guests or add to your holiday menu.

Crustless Coconut Custard Pie

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1½ cups water
1/3 cup baking mix (Bisquick or the like)
3 eggs
1/4 cup butter, softened
1½ tsp vanilla
1 cup flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350°. In blender, combine sweetened condensed milk, water, baking mix, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Blend on low speed 3 minutes. Pour into sprayed 9″ deep dish or 10″ pie plate; let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle coconut evenly over top. Bake 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted near edge comes out clean (will still be a bit jiggly in the center but firms up as it cools). Serve warm or cooled. A big dollop of sweet whipped cream on top would be great! Refrigerate leftovers.

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Pies

Macadamia Nut Pie

This post is thanks to my mother, Sue Ann. She brought this pie to our family dinner last night, it’s amazing! I enjoyed another piece this morning for breakfast! Thanks Mom XO!

Macadamia Nut Pie

1 pre-baked 9″ pie shell
3 cups milk
1 cup sugar
6 Tbl flour
2 Tbl cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
3 egg yolks, well beaten
3 Tbl butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla
1½ cups chopped macadamia nuts, divided
Whipped cream for topping

In a saucepan, heat milk to scalding. In another saucepan, stir together sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Very gradually in a slow steady stream, beat scalded milk into egg yolks. Now, slowly pour and whisk this mixture into the dry ingredients in the other saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Mixture will thicken. Remove from heat and mix in butter, vanilla, and 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts. Cool to warm and pour into pie shell. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and chill. When ready to serve, spread sweetened whipped cream over pie filling and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts.

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Pies

Strawberry Sour Cream Custard Pie

Incredible strawberry layer with a creamy custard layer. I love this pie!

Strawberry Sour Cream Custard Pie

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1 unbaked 9″ deep dish pie shell

Strawberry Layer:
3 cups frozen strawberries, thawed, drained, patted dry
1 Tbl sugar
1 Tbl butter, cut in little pieces

Sour Cream Custard:
1¾ cups sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup sour cream
1 Tbl lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400°. Arrange strawberries in bottom of pie shell. Sprinkle the 1 Tbl sugar and dot with butter pieces. In large bowl, whisk together the 1¾ cups sugar, flour, and salt. Add eggs, sour cream and lemon juice; whisk until smooth. Gently pour over strawberries. Bake for 10 minutes at 400°. Reduce heat to 350° and bake for 45-50 minutes or until center is set. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight to completely set. Serve with whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Pies

Harvest Apple Pie

Here’s another pie! Can you ever have enough pie? I think not. This one is filled with apples, cranberries, raisins, walnuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Fall time all wrapped in a flaky pastry!

Harvest Apple Pie

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4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
zest of 1 orange
1½ cups fresh cranberries
1 cup raisins
1/2  cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1½ tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 Tbl butter, cut in chunks
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Preheat oven to 400°. Line 9″ deep dish pie plate with half the pastry for bottom crust. In large bowl, stir together apples, orange zest, cranberries, raisins, and walnuts. Add flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss gently until all is well coated. Pour into prepared pie plate, dot with chunks of butter, roll out pastry for top crust, cover and crimp. Sprinkle liberally with sugar. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream!

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