Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dutch Apple Pie

This recipe is amazing!  The key is using tart apples, like granny smiths or pink ladies. Don't worry, the paper bag will not catch on fire, you will not open the oven to find flames.  You just get a perfectly cooked, delicious apple pie.

 For the Crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. milk
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.  Mix well and pat into the bottom and sides of a pie pan. (Don't roll the dough out.)

For the Apple Filling:
5-6 apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
2 tsp. almond extract
Combine all ingredients except the apples in a bowl.  Mix well, then toss the apples in the mixture.  Put the apple filling into the unbaked pie crust.

For the Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
Use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the four and sugar, mix until crumbly.  Cover the apple filling with the crumb topping.

Yes, you really do put the pie inside a brown paper bag.  Once the pie is inside, roll up the the top of the bag and close it together with either staples or large paper clips.  Place the bag on the lowest shelf in the oven.  Bake at 350 for 90 minutes.  Don't open the bag until the time is up and you have let it cool outside the oven for about 5 minutes.  Serve with vanilla ice cream.  So good!

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