I have been friends with Jenn since we were in high school. And while most teenagers were probably out on dates on a Friday night, you could usually find me and Jenn at home. Most Friday evenings, we'd have dinner, bake an apple pie, and watch movies. Yes, we were hell-raisers, weren't we? Apple pie and movies...
So, when Jenn realized that we were celebrating her birthday on Pi Day (that's 3.14 - March 14th!), we settled on pies as the theme. Naturally, she asked for an apple pie. Done.
Ingredients makes one 9" pie
- 2 C flour + more for rolling
- 1/2 C organic powdered sugar
- 3/4 C butter
- 2 T vodka
- 1 T Calvados (apple brandy, or more vodka)
- 1 T cold water
- Also needed: parchment paper, rolling pin, pie pan
- 3 to 3-1/2 pounds apples, approximately 8 medium apples (I used organic Gala apples)
- 1/2 C organic light brown sugar, divided
- 3 T flour
- 2 T Calvados (apple brandy, or more vodka)
- 2 t freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 t kosher salt
- 1" knob fresh ginger, grated
- 1 t ground cinnamon
- 1/2 t ground cardamom
- 1/2 t ground nutmeg
In a food processor, combine the flour and sugar, pulsing 3 to 4 times. Add the butter and pulse until the texture looks mealy. Sprinkle in your liquids and pulse until combined. Remove the dough and press into a ball. Divide the dough in half and wrap each ball tightly with plastic. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
Peel and core the apples. Slice into wedges. Toss all of the apples with 1/4 C of the sugar, place in a colander set over a large bowl and allow to drain for at least 90 minutes.
Pour the drained liquid to a small saucepan. Simmer until it's reduced to 2 T. Set aside to cool. Toss the apples with the remaining sugar, flour, Calvados, lemon juice, salt, and all the spices.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Remove one disk of dough from the refrigerator. Place the dough on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper.
Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour and roll out into a 12" circle. Place dough into pie pan. 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.
Brush the top crust with the reduced juice.
And while the apple pie was the requested birthday dessert, I stuck the candles into the lemon pi(e). That recipe will be coming soon.
Loved celebrating over three decades of friendship. Happy birthday, Jenn! Happy Pi Day 2020!!
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