These were so much fun to make and actually easy because I made the dough! But really the dough is actually my go-to pie dough!
- have kids peel and slice an apple
- sprinkle a little sugar and cinnamon on apple slices and set aside
- give the kids some dough to press into pan, go up the edges too (I used these )
- add apple slices
- roll another piece of dough and slice into strips
- demonstrate how to make lattice top by criss crossing strips of dough
- trim ends, baste (mix 1 egg for basting) and bake at 350 degrees – check it at about 15 minutes and add time depending on how big your pies are. Crust should be golden and apples soft.
Apple Pie Dough (from www.smittenkitchen.com)
- 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse or kosher salt
- 2 1/3 cups (300 grams) flour
- 14 tablespoons (200 grams) butter, diced, no need to soften (I use Earth Balance margarine)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) cold water
Make your dough: In the bottom of a large bowl, ( I used my kitchenmaid mixer with the paddle attachment) combine the flour, sugar and salt. Add the diced butter and using a pastry blender or your fingertips, work the butter into the flour until the mixture looks like coarse cornmeal, with the largest pieces the size of small peas. Add the egg, vanilla, and water, and if using a pastry blender, use that to work them into the butter-flour mixture, or if not, use a fork to work it in. Reach hands into bowl and lightly knead the mixture together into a single mass. Transfer to a piece of parchment or waxed paper or plastic wrap, and wrap it tightly. Chill in fridge until firm, at least 60 minutes.
At some point during this hour, make the filling: Combine apples, cinnamon, sugar and raisins if desired in a large bowl and toss to combine.