Maple Apple Pie


I N G R E D I E N T S

  • 2 1/2 portions of this pie dough
  • 5 medium apples (I used 3 Granny Smith and 2 pink ladies)
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of real maple syrup
  • 1/8 cup of white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemon
  • 1.5 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of Turbinado sugar

D I R E C T I O N S

  1. Peel, core, and slice the apples into 1 cm slices. In a bowl, toss the apple slices with the juice from the lemon, brown sugar, maple syrup, white sugar, and cinnamon. Pour the apple mixture into a colander and let the juices drain into a bowl for about 30 minutes.
  2. Pour the juices into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Mix the corn starch with 2 tablespoons of water to make a slurry. Slowly drizzle the slurry into the apple juices, stirring nonstop. The juice will thicken immediately. Add 2 more tablespoons of water. Keep stirring until the mixture becomes a transparent goopy consistency (about 2 minutes). Remove from the heat and let it cool.
  3. Roll out one of the pie dough portions into a 13 inch round. Fit the dough into a 9 inch pie pan, and trim the edges with scissors. Let the pie pan chill in the fridge.
  4. Take out the remaining 1.5 portions of pie dough and roll out until it is about 0.5 cm thick. Using a pizza cutter and a ruler, slice 8 strips in your desired width. Mine were about 1.5 inches.
  5. Mix the apples with the thickened juice and pour into the prepared pie pan, being sure not to dome the apples too much. Position the 8 strips in a lattice pattern on top of the pie, trim the strips, and tuck them inside the pie.
  6. Using the remaining dough, cut out desired shapes and position them along the edge of the pie. Be sure not to let the dough hang over the edge too much, or the dough will sag while baking.
  7. Place the entire pie in the freezer for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  8. Mix the egg with 1 tablespoon of water, and brush the eggwash over the pie dough. Sprinkle the Turbinado sugar over the pie. Bake for 20 minutes. Then, turn the oven down to 375°F and bake for another 35-40 minutes. If you see that the pie crust edges are getting too dark too soon, use foil to create a tent around the edges to prevent burning. I usually do this during the last 30 minutes of baking.
  9. Let the pie cool completely before slicing and serving.

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