Sweet, delicious, and crisp apple pie is a top Thanksgiving tradition. This dessert is a must for your holiday celebration, so here’s an easy recipe for it.
No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without dessert. There are countless pie options: banana, berry, pecan, key lime, and many more. But apple pie takes the cake. There is nothing more classic than this dessert—the smell of cinnamon, the sweet taste, and the crunchy dough. My mouth is watering just writing this.
There is an expression in the United States that goes “as American as apple pie,” which has been used by rhe 1920s. This dessert has become an American icon and is popular with families around the country—from California to New York and Texas to Detroit. But if we look at history, we find that apple pie is really not an American dish. This delicious dessert is from England and features culinary influences from French and Asian cuisine. Like much of American cuisine, apple pie represents a melting pot of different cultures and nationalities. People came together to create something wonderful. That’s what makes this dish so American.
Regardless of its origin, apple pie is the quintessential dessert for your Thanksgiving feast next Thursday. For me, a rich and sweet slice of apple pie is the perfect way to finish the meal. And while there are many good bakeries at which to buy an apple pie for the holidays, I love to prepare one at home whenever I can, filling my house with that delicious sweet smell of apple, cinnamon, and sugar. That scent is spectacular and creates a unique homey and festive feel.
There are several ways to make apple pie, but here is a simple recipe with easy steps for preparing the classic version.
Classic apple pie
- 500 grams of puff pastry
- 8 to 10 apples
- 1 lemon or lime
- 1 or 2 eggs, beaten
- Take the puff pastry (store-bought or made from scratch) and divide in half. Place it on a dry surface sprinkled with a little flour.
- With a roller, flatten one half into a square that’s approximately 20 cm long on each side. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
- Transfer one half of the dough to a round baking dish. Save the other for the top. Put both in the refrigerator while you make the pie filling.
- After washing the apples, peel each one. You can use an apple slicer if you have one or cut the apples by hand by first chopping each apple in half, and then removing the core and cutting the fruit into thick slices.
- Place all the apple pieces in a big food storage container.
- Cut the lemon in half and squeeze it over the apples. Stir so that the lemon juice coats the fruit.
- Then, add in ¾ cup of sugar, ¼ of previously sifted flour, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and half a teaspoon of salt.
- Put the lid on the container and shake to combine all of the ingredients well.
- Once well mixed, put the apples in the pie dish over the dough. Pour the juice left in the container over the apples.
- Cut 30 grams of unsalted butter into pats and place on top of the apples.
- Brush the edges of the dough with a little beaten egg to give it color.
- Now take your second piece of dough and place it on top of the apple mound, ensuring that the edges of the are in line with those of the base dough. With a knife, remove any the excess dough that extends out of the pie dish.
- Now, pinch the dough at the edges to seal.
- Brush the entire surface of the pie crust with egg to give it a nice sheen and color. Make sure to evenly coat everything so there is no color variation and the entire pie gets golden brown.
- Sprinkle a little sugar on the pie.
- With a knife, make 6 small slits on the surface of the cake.
- Put the pie in the oven (previously preheated to 230 degrees Celsius) and bake for 20 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius and bake for another 50 minutes.
- Let stand for 4 hours before cutting and serving.
If you follow this simple recipe you will be able to surprise your guests with a delicious, classic American dessert. An apple pie is the perfect way to finish an evening with the family. A slice of pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is a representation of love. Bon appétit!