Its time again for hot apple pie ....right out of the oven...
Step 1: INGREDIENTS
for the tart shells...
2 sticks of butter
2 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of sugar
a pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup of ice cold water
for the filling...
5-7 apples...I use both sweet and tart varieties
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons of honey...drizzled
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
Step 2: MAKING THE PASTRY
In a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar, blend until roughly mixed, (do not over mix) add in the flour and mix until smooth in texture, gradually add the ice water... a little at a time until the dough forms a ball. Do not over mix nor add in too much water...use only as much water as required to form a ball.
NOTE: the least amount of mix time and water will make for a much more pliable dough and much less tough and more flaky...
Step 3: PREPARING THE FILLING
OK, OK, I KNOW...the apple pie filling should not have the skins on them, BUT... I made this one for a friend of mine who is a health conscious women and she insisted on me leaving the skins on for all the nutritional values....go figure..apple pie?nutritional value???whateverrr...she said it was delicious
If you would like, please remove the skins....
That said....Now Lets continue with this step....
Combine both the sliced and quartered pieces of apple, with the brown and white sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a large bowl... just lightly mix together until combined.
Step 4: ASSEMBLY
Place the apple mixture, piled high in the center of the chilled tart shell and drizzle on the honey. Take the second shell and place directly on the center of the lower tart and start folding in the corners, working all around from the center out.
Cut a cross in the center top and brush on the egg yolk..
Step 5: BAKING
Make sure you place the pie on a cookie sheet, as the pie tends to leak somewhat while cooking....Pre-heat the oven to 350° F and cook on this temperature for 30 minutes and then increase the temperature to 425°F for the remaining 15-20 minutes. The pie is ready when see it boiling, that is,if you had used a clear glass pie pan to bake it in, otherwise just make sure it has browned evenly.