Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Birthday Pie!

Today is my older daughter's birthday. Unfortunately she has to work today, so we are planning a family celebration tomorrow. I asked what she wanted for dessert and she voted for Dutch Apple Pie.
So what makes an apple pie "dutch"? I don't know where the expression came from, but a Dutch Apple Pie does not have a top crust. Instead, there is a layer of streussel topping. (Hmmm, so maybe the "Dutch" is actually "Deutch"). Anyhow, here is the recipe for Beth's birthday pie:
Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Dutch Apple Pie

Pastry for a single-crust 8-inch pie

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup flour
6 cups sliced Granny Smith apples

Mix the sugars, spices, and flour in a large mixing bowl. Add the apple slices and toss to coat the apples slices evenly with the sugar/flour mixture. Let sit for about 20 minutes or until the apples begin to release their juices and the sugar/flour mixture becomes moist.

Mound the apples in the bottom of a pastry-lined 8-inch pie pan.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
Combine the flour, butter, and brown sugar in a small mixing bowl until crumbly. Evenly distribute over the top of the pie filling.

Place the pie on a pizza pan or cookie sheet to catch any drips of spillovers.
Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Cool in a draft-free place.

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