Awe-inspiring Apple Pie

Two  red apples are missing from the pic, but not from the pie. Basically, I decided to take a pic of the apples at the last minute. I like to use 4 green or “tart” apples, and 5 red “sweet” apples. In doing so, you get more sweetness from the apples and use “less” sugar. If you are a diabetic, dieting, have an excessive sweet tooth or just want to eat healthy, then you may want to consider this for dessert. But just know that even though it is not laden with refined sugar, the crusts* have more of the unhealthy ingredients than I would like in my pie.  

Martha Stewart inspired me. Besides mom, I learned a lot from her growing up :-)  Or course she made her own crust or Pâté Brisée. I used Pillsbury two-dough pie crust*, Basically, I took her recipe and tweaked it a little.

It seems that it has gotten “smaller” recently even though it is supposed to be for a 9” pie plate. I may need to either make my own, or switch brands as it was difficult to “flute” the pie. I’ve even tried using a rolling pin on the dough a little without much success.

 

Ingredients

1 pillsbury pie crust (contains 2 in box)

1/3c Stevia

1/2c All-purpose flour*

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cloves

Juice of 1 lemon (very little, approx..1t)

Dash of Salt

9 sliced peeled pples, 5 Red Delicious and 4 tart Granny apples

1 tablespoon of butter

1 egg beaten

Pinch of refined sugar for dusting

 

 

Directions

Heat oven 400 degrees.

Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in apples. Gently pour apples into a pastry-lined 9” pie plate. Dot with butter. Cover with top pastry*, and gently put several steam vents in it; seal and flute. Brush with beaten egg, and then sprinkle with sugar. Cover edge with approximately 3-inch strip of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning. Remove foil during the last 15 minutes of baking.

Bake 40-50 minutes or until crust is brown and juices begin to bubble through slits in crust. The pie above was cooked for 45 minutes on the middle rack. Cool pie plate on wire rack before serving. Serve warm if desired. :-)

 

*You may be able to find wholesome crusts in the health food stores. I will definitely check the next time I am there.

 *If using self-rising flour, omit salt.

*You may also use a cookie cutter (e.g. hearts or stars) for the top pastry. Just be sure not to cut too much of the pastry away.

(tried to use Word for footnotes, but just it wasn’t pasting right) – no pun intended

 

Awe-inspiring Apple PIe

 

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