Super Apple Pie Recipe

Super Apple Pie Recipe

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, salt and sugar by pulsing 3 to 4 times. Add the butter and pulse 5 to 6 times until the texture looks mealy. Add the shortening and pulse another 3 to 4 times until incorporated.

Remove the lid of the food processor and sprinkle in 5 tablespoons of the applejack. Replace the lid and pulse 5 times. Add more applejack as needed, and pulse again until the mixture holds together when squeezed. Weigh the dough and divide in half. Shape each half into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

Peel and core the apples. Slice into 1/2inch thick wedges. Toss all of the apples with 1/4 cup of the sugar, place in a colander set over a large bowl and allow to drain for 1 1/2 hours.

Transfer the drained liquid to a small saucepan, place over medium heat and reduce to 2 tablespoons. Set aside to cool. Toss the apples with the remaining sugar, tapioca flour, jelly, cider, lime juice, salt and grains of paradise.

For assembling and baking the pie:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove one disk of dough from the refrigerator. Place the dough onto a lightly floured piece of waxed paper. Lightly sprinkle the top of the dough with flour and roll out into a 12inch circle. Place into a 9 1/2 to 10inch tart pan that is 2inches deep. Gently press the dough into the sides of the pan, crimping and trimming the edges as necessary. Set a pie bird in the center of the bottom of the pan.

Place the apples into the unbaked pie shell in concentric circles starting around the edges, working towards the center and forming a slight mound in the center of the pie. Pour over any liquid that remains in the bowl. Roll out the second pie dough as the first. Place this dough over the apples, pressing the pie bird through the top crust. Press together the edges of the dough around the rim of the pie. Brush the top crust with the reduced juice everywhere except around the edge of pie. Trim any excess dough. Place the pie on a half sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake on the floor of the oven for 30 minutes. Transfer to the lower rack of the oven and continue to bake another 20 minutes or until the apples are cooked through but not mushy. Remove to a rack and cool a minimum of 4 hours or until almost room temperature.

If youre using an electric oven with coils on the bottom of the oven, place the pie on the sheet pan on the lowest rack over the coils, NOT directly on top of them.

There a fine line between pie and of apples covered with crust. Mine fell into the latter category.

I think my failure was because of the tapioca flour. I couldn find any so I substituted small pearl tapioca, which I pulverized into a powder. It didn work. The pie filling never set up, and was runny and wet instead with groundup tapioca pieces in it.

I do like the mixture of apples, though. It nice to see, feel, and taste all the different apples in the pie. Next time I get real tapioca flour.

Great recipe! Could not believe the crust: When mixing thought it would never hold together. It did ball nicely; however, it did fall apart somewhat when rolled out and put into pie dish. Pieced it together, especially the top. Crossed my fingers and baked it. Delicious filling and flakey crust. My wife never eats pie crusts, so I asked if she would let me have hers. The look she gave me was like daggers flying through the air. Note: we used Braeburn apples and formed a piece of aluminum foil to vent the pie. It will be our special desert when guests come over.

I made this pie for Christmas Eve and it turned out ok, not what i had expected. I used 2 types of apples and the consistency wasn great,next time I will use only one and more than the recipe suggests, at least 4,4.5 lbs instead. The flavor was there but the filling was very runny and i did use 3 heaping tbsp of tapioca starch. Also the glaze burnt the crust so i had to take the pie out 15 minutes earlier and I was very crumbly,falling apart from every side. Couldn get clean cut apple pieces.