The secret to this delicious dessert is the piquant contrast between the tart apple filling and the sweet glazed crust. Add to this flavor medley a flaky, buttery crust and you will experience Pure Pie Joy.
Here's how to start:
Step 1: Assemble your ingredients:
300 grams/ 2 1/2 cups/ 10.5 oz of all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 Tblsp white sugar
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) salted butter FROZEN
1/4 cup cold vodka
1/4 cup cold water
For the Filling:
4 lbs of apples, a crisp tart variety preferred
4 Tblsp white sugar, more or less to taste
ground cinnamon to taste
3 Tblsp flour
lemon juice (optional)
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tblsp salted butter, cut up or grated into small pieces
splash of rum (optional)
For the Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tblsp hot water
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Step 2: Gather you Equipment
13x9 jelly roll pan (or a cookie sheet with 4 sides). If your pan is larger than 13x9, you will need to increase your ingredients by a percentage equal to the larger pan.
measuring cups and spoons
plastic wrap or a pastry cloth
apple peeler /corer/slicer
* if you plan to make apple pies or sauce, or even peel potatoes ever again, buy one of these puppies. Available at your local culinary store or for $16.66 at Amazon and you will peel your apples in SECONDS- it makes pie making a treat instead of a chore.
Otherwise, get out that stupid potato peeler and paring knife *sigh*
large hole grater. The cheapo ones from the Dollar Store work great for this. I have an expensive Microplane grater, and it doesn't work as well for grating butter.