When I make pies, I always make a very large production. Over the years, I have perfected my crust making. My favorite pie of all is the apple pie! :) I can eat an entire pie to myself in only a few minutes.
I am mainly a vegetarian, but I have been experimenting with ominovorous, vegan, and vegetarian diets to see the benefits of each one of them. You can make the chicken pot pie by replacing the chicken with a vegan protein.
Pies are not healthy, whatever way you try to cut it. Therefore, you can make them for special occasions.
I loooovvveee taking pretty pictures of the food I bake. I don't know why. I always did. I guess it is in human nature to... take pictures of food. :)
Last year, I went to visit Upper Village Canada in Ontario and we got a bag of artisanal flour from the boutique.
Since I was vegetarian and am lactose intolerant, I make sure to choose all vegetal oil shortening such as Crisco or its no-name equivalent. I also make sure to use lactose free margarine (General misconception: 90% of margarine are NOT dairy free! Read the ingredients carefully). Again, non of these ingredients are super healthy. I'm working on finding healthier replacements.
This was my 2012 Christmas production. I made apple pies and tofu pot pies. Mmmmmm!!! They were good!
I have been baking for a long time and over the years, I gathered print-outs and hand written recipes that I collect in a small binder. That's my mom's recipe.
See below to learn how to make an apple pie.
Flaky Crust Apple Pie
- Gives 1 pie with 2 crusts
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 tbsp of sugar
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/4 tsp of baking powder
- 1/2 cup of butter or margarine
- 1/4 cup of shortening
- 8 to 9 tbsp of water
- 5 to 6 medium apples (Recommended: MacIntosh)
- 2 tsp of lemon juice
- Margarine or butter small nugets
- Cinnamon (Facultative)
- Add the butter and shortening and cut it in the flour using 2 knives or a pastry blender. Make sure it is as homogenous as possible.
- Progressively add water while mixing it in the dough. You want to add the least amount of water possible while still getting a nice dough that holds together. If your dough is too sticky, it will not roll well. For your dough to be light and flaky, you do not want to knead the dough too much. It is not like bread at all.
- Put the dough ball in a wax paper and store in the refrigerator for about 1 hour. It will give your dough a better consistency.
- Add flour onto your rolling pin and rolling space to avoid the dough sticking. If your made 1 single ball with the dough, cut the dough ball in half and place the floured area.
- Roll the dough to form a circle about 2 inches wider in diameter than your pie plate.
- Gently, fold the flat dough in half and move it over to your plate. Delicately unfold the dough to cover the plate.
- With a fork, poke a series of holes in the bottom of the crust to avoid air bubbles and all an overall better cooking.
- Fill the pie with apples. You need about 5 or 6 apples for 1 pie. I really do not like putting any kind of preparation or jelly in my apples. I like to use MacIntosh apples, a sprinkle of lemon juice and 5 or 6 tiny nuggets of butter or margarine. If you like cinnamon, you can also sprinkle some on top of the apples.
- Doing the same thing you did for the bottom crust, roll the top crust. If you feel like it, you can create pretty designs in it.
- Using your fingers and a bit of water or milk (if not lactose intolerant or vegan), lightly wet the bottom crust edges. This will allow both crust to stick together.
- Flip the top crust on top of the pie and unfold it to cover it.
- Lightly press the edges and using your hands or a knife, cut the excess crust.
- Using a form or your fingers, create a nice pattern or the edges to seal the pie.
- At the bottom of the oven, bake the pie for 10 minutes at 450F and then for 25 to 30 minutes at 350F.
Who Am I? I'm many things. I'm passionate about tons of stuff. I love travel. I love self-improvement. I'm a sucker for optimization, efficiency, and minimalism. I renewed with mathematics and science, those are so amazing. Astronomy and chemistry are just plain awesome! I'm a student, a mentor, a traveler, a learner, an artist, an animator, and Disney brings me tears of joy! I love to grow and I will never stop! So who am I? All that and everything else I have not discovered about myself yet. It's a never ending answer!
Qui suis je? Je suis beaucoup de choses. Je suis passionné des tonnes de trucs. J'adore voyager. J'adore la croissance personnelle. Je suis vendue à l'optimisation, l'efficacité et le minimalisme. J'ai renoué avec les mathématiques et les sciences, des mondes tout simplement incroyable. L'astronomie et la chimie sont tout simplement génial! Je suis étudiante, mentor, voyageuse, artiste, animatrice et Disney m'apporte des larmes de joie! J'aime me pousser à fond et je ne cesserai jamais! Alors, qui suis-je? Tout cela et tout le reste que je n'ai pas encore découvert de moi-même. C'est une réponse sans fin!