Hello, fellow West Texans! This is Lainie Eilenberger from Key and Slate Real Estate Group. Today, I'm not only your professional guide in navigating the diverse landscapes of West Texas real estate but also your companion in revisiting cherished culinary memories. In the spirit of our local tradition and American heritage, let's delve into a recipe that truly embodies the essence of our community — the All-American Apple Pie.
Before we dive into the delightful intricacies of pie-making, let me take you back to those warm West Texas evenings on the Fourth of July. The air would be filled with the smell of my mother's homemade apple pie cooling on the windowsill, a perfect end to the barbecue and the ultimate precursor to the night's fireworks. We'd gather, cousins, friends, nieces, and nephews, on the porch of our country home, the vibrant sounds of popping fireworks painting the sky as we savored each slice.
Now, here's how you can recreate that sweet slice of nostalgia. Be sure to source your ingredients locally when possible, supporting our local farmers and infusing your pie with true Texan spirit.
2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour: The foundation of your perfect pie.
1 tablespoon of sugar: For that hint of sweetness in the crust.
1 teaspoon of salt: Balancing out the sugar.
1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, very cold and diced: The secret to a flaky crust.
1/2 cup of ice-cold water: Bringing your dough together.
6 to 7 cups of locally-sourced, peeled, cored, and sliced apples: The star of the show.
1/2 cup of sugar: To sweeten the apples.
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour: To thicken the filling.
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg: For that classic apple pie spice.
1 tablespoon of lemon juice: To keep your apples bright and tasty.
Start by preparing your pie crust. In a large bowl, mix together 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the cold, diced butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to cut the butter into the flour until you have small, pea-sized pieces.
Slowly drizzle in the ice-cold water, stirring as you go, until the dough just comes together. You may not need all of the water. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
As your dough chills, prepare your apple filling. In a large bowl, combine your sliced apples, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of flour, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and lemon juice. Stir well to combine and set aside.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Once your dough has chilled, roll out one half on a lightly floured surface to fit your pie dish. Carefully transfer the dough to the dish and trim any overhang.
Pour your apple filling into the pie crust, making sure to distribute it evenly.
Roll out the second half of your dough. To create a lattice top, cut the dough into strips and weave them over and under one another on top of the apple filling.
Trim, fold, and crimp the edges of your dough strips to seal the pie. Brush the top of the pie with your egg wash to create a beautiful, golden finish.
Place your pie on a baking sheet to catch any drips and bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the apple filling is bubbly. If the crust begins to brown too quickly, cover it with foil.
Allow the pie to cool before serving to let the filling set.
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Stay tuned for more from the wonderful world of West Texas real estate and heartwarming recipes straight from my kitchen. Remember, in real estate and in the kitchen, you're always in good hands with Lainie Eilenberger. Until next time, God Bless y'all!