Oh hey there! I'm so excited to be part of a pie party collab again with a bunch of my blogger/instagram friends. There are soooo many incredible pies being posted today....and I can't wait to try out some of their recipes myself!
I just love connecting with like-minded foodies, and this bunch is gold. So much creativity and inspiration here. Also, I know my American friends have Thanksgiving coming up, which is perfect for pies! And everyone else...who really needs an excuse to make pie. Treat yo self.
(You can find all of the other pie recipe links at the bottom of this post.)
Today we're putting a small twist on a classic. Apple pie. It's kind of the best Fall pie, especially for those of us lucky enough to live on an apple farm. I added some fresh grated ginger to spice things up a bit (hehe), and it was such a lovely, warm addition.
Also, you might have noticed by now that I always share the same pastry recipe....and that's because I think it's pretty much perfection. I know you butter lovers seem convinced otherwise, and maybe one day I'll stray from this recipe, but it is seriously the best.
I shot these photos in our orchard a few days ago (hello procrastinator. haha). The apples are all off the trees by now, but the leaves are starting to change colour, and it's pretty magical. Not gonna lie tho....dragging everything out to the farm and into the orchard is not as glamorous as it sounds! But I think it was worth it for these photos.
Apple Ginger Pie
pastry recipe from Jean Pare
yields: pastry for 3ish pies - depending on your pie dish size and how fancy your tops are
5 cups Flour
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
3 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 lb Lard (or vegetable shortening)
2 tbsp Vinegar
1) Mix together flour, salt, baking powder and brown sugar in a large bowl.
2) Cut up lard and add to dry ingredients.
3) Using a pastry cutter (or a plain old fork works as well), cut in lard until your mixture is crumbly.
4) Break your egg into a liquid measuring cup and beat well.
5) Add vinegar to the measuring cup.
6) Add very cold water to the measuring cup, until the mixture measures to 1 cup.
7) Pour liquid mixture over flour mixture slowly, and stir.
8) Use your hands to work the mixture together until it no longer crumbles apart. This is where experience will come in, as you don't want to overmix the dough! Once you make it a couple of times, you'll get the feel of it.
9) Divide into 3 or 4 equal parts. Each part will make one pie, so you can choose to use it all at once, store some of the dough in the fridge* for up to 2 weeks, or pop some of into the freezer for later! If you're using a deep pie dish, or want to do a lot of fancy crust stuff you'll want to use more dough.
*If you do refrigerate your dough overnight (or for a few days), be sure to take it out at least an hour before you roll out it. Otherwise it will be too stiff!
6ish medium Elstar apples (or any tart apple of your choice)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 cup Flour
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 tsp fresh minced ginger (do not use dried ground ginger here - it will be too strong!)
1) Once your pie dough is ready, you can peel and chop apples (the exact number will depend on the size of your apples, and how full you want to make your pie). I used a standard dish and was happy with 6 apples - but with a deeper dish I might go with 8 apples and add a couple teaspoons more of flour and sugar! We used Elstar apples, which are nice and tart, and are wonderful for baking with.
2) Mix all ingredients in with your diced apples, stir, and let sit for a few minutes.
3) Roll out a piece of dough for your bottom half of the pie, and drape over the pie dish. You want it to hang over the edge a bit, so that it's easy to crimp to the top.
4) Add your apple mixture to the pie plate and pop the whole thing in the fridge while you get the top ready.
5) For a simple top: roll out another circle of dough, and either slice a few slits in the top to let the steam out when baking, or use small cookie cutters to cut out decorative shapes. Dip your finger in water and run along the edge of the bottom crust before pressing the top crust into it, and crimp the edges together.
6) For the top in this recipe, I rolled out a large rectangle of dough, and proceeded to cut wide strips out with a pizza cutter for the lattice. I cut very skinny strips and braided them to add a bit of interest to the lattice. Finally, I cut out some leaves with small cookie cutters, and scored them with a paring knife to show the leaf veins. Whenever you join two pieces of dough, be sure to wet them a bit with water and press together firmly.
7) **Important: chill the entire assembled pie for at least 15 minutes in the fridge before baking. This helps ensure that your crust will be flaky! Especially if you've spent some time braiding/cutting out leaves and the dough has sat on the counter for a bit.
8) Optional: mix an egg with a fork and brush onto the top of your pie to help with browning and add some shine. (Can alternatively use milk). Sprinkle immediately with coarse sugar.
9) Bake at 425 degrees for the first 15 minutes, and then reduce heat to 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes until nice and bubbly and apples are soft. I usually cover my pie with tinfoil when I turn it down, and then remove it in the last 10 minutes of cooking and closely monitor the browning. For intricate pies, sometimes one part will brown faster, and I'll just place a small piece of tinfoil over that part.
Best served on the first day with a scoop of ice cream on top.
Visit my talented friends and be prepared to drool all over your screens
Brown Butter Chai Pumpkin Pie with Sugared Sage - Nate from Terminator Kitchen
Chocolate Cream pie with whipped peanut butter cream - Erin from Cloudy Kitchen
Chocolate Chess Pie - Kate from Wood & Spoon
Apple and Persimmon Pie with Bourbon Caramel and Hazelnuts - Feed the Swimmers
Apple Apple Pies - Lauren from Harvest and Honey
Five-Spice Cran-Apple Handpies - Rebecca from Displaced Housewife
Pear Cranberry Frangipane Tart - Ruth from Cook it Delicious
Apple & Blackberry Flower Lattice Pie - Topless Baker
Roasted Pears and Marzipan Vegan Tarte tatin - Silvia from savlia + limone
Happy pie baking!