Thursday, September 9, 2010

Apple Crumb Pie

This apple pie is a great aunt's recipe.  My grandmother made it and now I make it.  It is easy and delicious in September when all of the new crop of apples get to the grocery.  
4 large tart apples (6-7 cups of sliced apples)
1 pie shell or crust
1/2-3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all of this in a large bowl and set aside.
Crumb topping:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup butter

To assemble:  Pour apples into pie shell/crust.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
For crumb topping:  Sift flour into sugar and mix, cut in softened butter with a pastry mixer until has crumb texture.  Sprinkle this on top of the apple mix in shell/crust.  I cover the edges with a handmade foil ring for first 40 minutes of cooking. 
Cook in 450 degree oven for 10 minutes and then turn oven down to 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  
Serves 6-8

Pastry Leaves
 The source for this recipe was Southern Living (November 2004).  

I used this piecrust for my pie and the second crust I used for the leaves.  Unfold the crust onto a lightly floured surface.  Cut leaves from piecrust using leaf-shaped cutters.  Mark leaf veins using the tip of a small paring knife (With larger cookie cutters- One (15 oz.) packaged of piecrust will make about 24 (2-3 inch) leaves.)  
To make the tinted egg wash, whisk together 3 large eggs and 2 tbsp. water.  Pour mixture evenly into small cups, tinting each with a few drops of liquid food coloring to create different colors.  (Here I used red 6 drops, orange-2 drops red and 2 of yellow, yellow 2 drops, and green 2 drops.)  

To prevent the egg wash from burning the baking sheet, paint leaves on pieces of parchment or wax paper.  Brush leaves evenly with egg wash, beginning with lighter colors first, and overlaying with areas of darker color.  Crumple 2 (14-inch long) piecess of aluminum foil into 1-inch wide strips.  Coat with vegetable cooking spray, and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Gently drape pastry leaves over the strips of aluminum foil to give the a natural shape; place several leaves on the baking sheet.  (The cookie cutters I used were so small, that the foil didn't help me.  I would like to try this again at Thanksgiving with larger cookie cutters.)  Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until golden.  Cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Gently remove the leaves, and cool completely on a wire rack.  The leaves can be made up to one month ahead and frozen between layers of wax paper in an airtight container.  

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Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Sherry, This pie should be on the cover of a foodie magazine! It is BEAUTIFUL!
Thanks for the easy instructions and the gorgeous images.
YOur little autumn pie accents are just the best. I am the queen of embellishment and this makes my heart sing! The accents make it eye appealing even before it is tummy appealing.
Just such a great autumn post!!!!
xo Yvonne

Sue said...

I've never seen the colored egg wash done before...I love that idea. It really makes the pie so pretty. I love apple season...this sounds delicious.

Kathleen said...

That looks delicious! I use the leaves on my pie, but never colored them! I will give it a try.

It's Just Dottie said...

I am making that apple pie Saturday. I really like the way you cut out the crust leaves and colored them. I am going to do that ,too.

Sandra said...

How fun to tint the leaves for fall! Now I want a piece of warm apple pie...have to settle for a bowl of popcorn. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

Allie and Pattie said...

What a gorgeous presentation! My kids love helping me make pastry decorations for pies and tarts- now I'm teaching my grandkids!
xoxo Pattie

Ellen said...

Many thanks for this recipe and coloring the leaves!! I soo can not wait to make this one!


Decor To Adore said...

Oh boy does this look good! What time is dessert? :)

KimMalk said...

This looks wonderful, Sherry. Thanks for taking the time to show us how to do those wonderful acorn crust decorations. Those pie crusts are the best.