Thursday, October 20, 2011

French Apple Pie

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Yesterday Chris made a comment about how I haven't made apple pie in a long time.  It's one of his favorite desserts, right next to blueberry crumble pie (which I will blog some day) and homemade pumpkin pie.  I figured I'd whip one up since I always have ready made pie crusts in my freezer (thanks to Sam's Club) and usually have apples in the fridge.  This is really our favorite way to eat apple pie.  With the nice crumb crust on the top that adds so much flavor to each bite.  Plus it's so easy you could make it blindfolded.  The easiest way to cut up the apples for pie is by using an Apple Peeler.  It makes short work of the apples.  Be sure to use a deep dish pie plate otherwise it gets quite heaping full.

French Apple Pie

1 prepared pie crust
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons flour
6 to 7 cups peeled and sliced apple pieces (about 5 apples)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour

Place pie crust into a deep dish pie plate.  In a large bowl combine sugar, cinnamon and the 2 tablespoons of flour.  Add your cut up apples to this mixture and combine well.  Pour into crust.  In another smaller bowl cream butter and brown sugar then cut in the flour with a pastry blender.  Spoon the crumbled topping evenly over the apples.  Bake at 375 for 45 to 50 minutes.  I place my pie plate on top of a pizza sheet so in case any bubbles over it doesn't spill on the stove.  You can foil the edges of the crust towards the end of baking if you have an overhang of crust.

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