Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mom's Dutch Apple Pie

Right before Laura posted that apple pies would be October's Have the Cake challenge, Todd and I had planned an apple-picking outing. We were headed to Stuart's Farm, a family fruit farm an hour or so outside of NYC with Dylan and Sofia, as well as Dylan's friend and his friend's dad and sister.

The farm has nine varieties of apples, three or four of which can be seen in this picture. I mixed and matched them for my pie, trying for a nice combo of sweetness and tartness.



I 've been eating and loving my mom's dutch apple pie my whole life, and despite getting into baking the last few years, I had never tried to make it on my own. This seemed like the perfect time! My mom sent me the recipe for the filling and the crust that both she and my Nana used whenever they were making one from scratch. I like the family history aspect of being at least the third generation to use a recipe. :)

Mom's found over the years that the pie gets too soggy if you don't let the apples sit in their sugary goodness for a while before loading into the crust. After sitting for a while, just enough of the apple juice comes out to save you from a soggy bottom. So I started there. Here's the first of my slied apples in the sugar mix.


I moved on to the crust next. I struggled a little bit rolling it out, as it crumbled a little around the edges. Mom warned me that the trick with this crust was to put all the ingredients in the freezer before using them. Apparently making them ice-cold saves the crumbling. I did that with everything but the milk. Our freezer was just too full for me to find a way to get it all in there. I think if I'd really followed Mom's directions, instead of just 3/4 of them, it would have been even easier. I had to work a little harder my way, but in the end the crust was rolled out well enough and tasted good to boot, so I'll take it.

So here is the final product, complete with hand-picked apples, homemade crust, and yummy sugary/buttery crumbles on top. We ate it that night with whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream. Both Todd and Dylan went for seconds, so it's safe to say that it was a hit!

10 comments:

mokismom said...

Looks yummy! And hand-picked apples no less. Are you sure we're not related?:)

Gina said...

Looks delicious...and I'm jealous of the apple picking...I've never really lived anywhere where you could do this (New Orleans and Southern Italy not being big apple growing areas...)

Katy ~ said...

So neat to be the third generation to make this delicious looking recipe. It looks so good I can see why it's being handed down from daughter to daughter!

Catherine said...

Joanne you have me dreaming about this pie! It's all I want! This Dutch Apple Pie looks amazing!

rena said...

Tori, this looks delicious! I'm glad you got to go apple picking but I'm sad it wasn't up here in Mass with me :(

Colleen said...

That looks soooo good!

Tina said...

Tori, I LOVE the 3rd generation recipe! And the apple picking. What a fantastic thing all the way around. :)

Tori said...

Thanks, everyone! I had a blast making it--and eating it! :)

Jen said...

love that it was all hand picked and an old recipe :)

what kind of apples?

Sweet and Savory said...

Hand picked makes it more fun. Great pie.