Cookbook:Classic American Apple Pie
A classic American apple pie is a double-crusted pie filled with sweetened and spiced apples. The exact spices vary by recipe, but cinnamon is traditional.
- 12 ounces all-purpose flour
- 8 ounces cold butter, cut into ½ inch pieces
- 5-7 tbsp applejack or hard cider
- 1 tsp table salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Combine Dough ingredients until it looks mealy. Split in half by weight, shape into 2 disks, and chill one hour.
- Toss apples with ¼ cup sugar and place in a colander set over a large bowl. Let drain for 1 ½ hours.
- Transfer liquid from bowl into a saucier and bring to a boil over medium high heat until reduced to 2 tbsp. Set aside.
- Toss apples with remaining Filling ingredients. Set aside.
- Roll out two disks of crust into rough circles. Place one inside a 9 ½ in. to 10 inch tart pan and attach. Add apples in a concentric circle, starting from the outside and working to the inside, making the center slightly taller than the outside. Pour any liquid in the bottom of the bowl over the apples.
- Top with other half and snip 3 incisions in the center. Brush top with reduced liquid.
- Bake at 425°F on the floor of the oven in a half sheet pan lined with parchment for 30 minutes. Transfer to the lower rack and bake for another 20 minutes. Remove and cool 4 hours. Serve.