This sky-high apple pie recipe guarantees perfect results every time.  Gently pre-cooking the apples with boiling water allows them to condense in size and flavor, meaning you can fit more in your pie!  Doing it slowly converts the pectin into a heat-stable form that keeps them from becoming mushy when cooked again in the oven.  This trick, when combined with the perfect flaky crust and my technique for preventing leaks, means you've just found your new go-to apple pie recipe!

Step 1: Ingredients

I like to use a mix of sweet and tart apples for this recipe.  And since we're cooking them down first, you'll want a full pound more than usual!
  • 5 pounds apples (an even mix of sweet and tart), about 10 medium, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 quarts boiling water

I'm confused. What advantage is there to boiling the apples and dumping the cooking water? This would flush away any starches and a lot of the sugar (and vitamins and minerals). Using a steamer basket would be a little better (nutritionally, anyway), but if you want a more concentrated filling, I imagine that cooking the apples on low heat, without added water, with the sugar and whatever fat you want to add, would be more effective. You could cook it down as much as you want, or just essentially steam it, which is what it does in the pie shell anyway. It would also leave you with a pie that holds together, that you can cut and serve. The one in the picture doesn't look like there is much holding it together, which doesn't mean it doesn't taste good, but it makes it harder to eat as a pie. If I am missing something, please let me know. I am always keen to learn to try new baking ideas, but I'm just not sure about this one.
<strong><em>Looks&nbsp;beautiful</em>...I&nbsp;</strong>want to eat it right now, I have made many apple pies in my life and haven't tried boiling the apples...I will try this out this weekend but I am a little reluctant as whatever nutritional value the apples had we just threw it out with the bath water....LOL
Oh my...I'm in a dilemma. The peep cake or this pie for Easter??? You are truly an inspiration! Thank you and I hope you win with the peep cake, I eat them daily!
treat yourself : have BOTH !!!&acirc;€&brvbar; <br> <br>have a nice week end !&acirc;€&brvbar;
Oh, tricky! I have never cooked or peeled the apples before. This seems to take a lot less time. :)

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