Honey Apple Pie with Rich Pastry Crust

Discussion in 'Pastry' started by Soliloquy, Jun 23, 2013.

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    Soliloquy Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2013
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    My sister originally found this recipe in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and it's quickly become our favorite apple pie recipe. Be warned, the crust contains a lot of butter. (You could use some other shortening, but why would you want to?


    Recipe From : Better Homes and Gardens (from Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield, MA)

    1/3 cup honey
    2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
    2 Tbsp. cornstarch
    1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    dash salt
    2 Tbsp. margarine or butter, melted
    6 to 8 medium cooking apples, such as Rome Beauty, Granny Smith, Jonathan, or Winesap, peeled and sliced (7 1/2 cups)
    1 recipe Rich Pastry for Double-Crust Pie (see notes below)
    1 beaten egg
    1 Tbsp. coarse sugar

    Rich Pastry for Double-Crust Pie:
    In a medium mixing bowl stir together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder. Cut in 3/4 cup shortening till pieces are the size of small peas. In a glass measure combine 1 beaten egg, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and enough water to make 1/3 cup liquid. Add liquid to flour mixture. (If necessary, add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, till dough clings together). Divide in half. Form each half into a ball.

    On a lightly floured surface, flatten each ball of dough with your hands. Using a rolling pin, roll each ball of dough from the center to the edge, forming 2 circles, each about 12 inches in diameter.

    For filling, in a large mixing bowl combine honey, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt. Stir in melted margarine. Stir in apples.

    Wrap 1 circle of pastry around a rolling pin. Unroll onto 9-inch pie plate. Ease into pie plate, being careful not to stretch pastry. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of plate. Cut decorative shapes from trimmings. If desired, make decorative cutouts in remaining dough circle for top crust. Cover with plastic wrap.

    Fill pastry-lines pie plate with apple filling. Place top crust on pie. Turn edge under the pastry, flute as desired. If not using cutouts, cut slits in top crust for steam to escape.

    In a small bowl combine beaten egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush pastry with egg mixture; add decorative shapes. Brush with egg; sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cover edge with foil to prevent overbrowning.

    Bake in a 350- degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil. Bake about 30 minutes more or till pastry is golden and filling is bubbly. Cool pie on a wire rack.
    Soliloquy, Jun 23, 2013
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    ACSAPA Well-Known Member

    May 2, 2013
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    Miami, FL
    Thank you for sharing the recipe. That looks really good. I've never made homemade pie crust before. I usually buy prepared pie crust. But this crust looks like it would be worth the extra effort.
    ACSAPA, Jun 30, 2013
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    justusforus Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2013
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    How decadent and delicious. A rich crust and a filling with honey. I wonder how it compares to traditional apple pie? Does the honey make it extra sweet or does it depend on the type of apples used.
    justusforus, Oct 6, 2013
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    Christine Mlinek Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2013
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    yum! looks like it would be a great pie, esp. with the honey
    Christine Mlinek, Oct 22, 2013
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    mommy42 Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2013
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    Yum is right!! Im with you ACSAPA - I usually buy my pie crusts. I've made them in the past but I just don't have the patience for it!
    Not to mention the arm strength to roll out the dough!!! LOL
    Maybe I would like this apple pie filling - I like apples but for some reason I am not a big fan of apple pie!
    Could just be the Costco apple pie - the apple slices are so big you feel like you are eating a whole apple with each bite!! :0
    mommy42, Oct 24, 2013
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    Annette Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2013
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    This looks like a good recipe. I live making homemade apple pie and I like this recipe. Thabks for sharing this. I think I will try this out for Christmas if my sister will let me.
    Annette, Nov 9, 2013
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    JGPangi Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2014
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    Yumyumyum! My favorite fruit plus my favorite sweetener? I think I just found heaven. My dad is going to go crazy for this as well, he's a huge honey advocate. Thanks so much for posting this!
    JGPangi, May 14, 2014
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    Tina Nord Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2014
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    That recipe sounds really yummy and I love anything with apple in it. I always make my own pie crust because the prepared ones just don't have the same flaky texture as the ones you make at home. Plus I hate having to wait for the prepared ones to get to room temperature.
    Tina Nord, May 15, 2014
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    LetThemEatCake Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2014
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    Definitely sounds yummy! I love apple pie, and the honey makes it sound even better!
    LetThemEatCake, May 15, 2014
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    sweetkymom Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2014
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    I'm not an apple pie person but this sounds really delicious! The additive of honey in the crust just makes it even sound tastier. I just may make one when it gets closer to Thanksgiving.
    sweetkymom, Jun 3, 2014
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    StarryStars Member

    Jul 15, 2014
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    This apple pie recipe sounds delightful! I will definitely try to bake this when I have the time and the ingredients. Maybe I should add vanilla ice cream or whipped cream as a topping, as well!
    StarryStars, Jul 15, 2014
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    Ellyn Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2014
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    From what I've picked up from culinary science, shortening, just as it says, makes the crumbs shorter. Butter does the opposite, a "lengthening" that is, it makes a flakier crust rather than a crumbly one. I forget what substituting something like olive oil, would do. And I'm not inclined to find out--this recipe sounds wonderful!

    One thing I've heard that goes great with apple pie, though, is a crust with a bit of cheese in it, to bring out the woodsiness of the apple and spices flavor, and to offset the sweetness. Grated parmasan or a sharp cheddar or even edam cheese are my favorites for that, although I've heard good things about gruyere.
    Ellyn, Jul 16, 2014
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