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State Fair-Winning Apple Pie For The Upcoming Holidays

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For this week’s Meal Monday, Diana made a delicious Apple Pie based off her friend Brenda’s award-winning recipe. It won the blue ribbon in the Arizona State Fair 2019 and we’re so excited to share this easy to make yet super delicious pie recipe. After all, apple pie is part of the American culinary repertoire and holidays are just incomplete without them. Let’s start!

You’ll need:

8 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped up to pieces

1 ½ cups of sugar

3 tbsp flour

1 tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp ginger powder

⅛ tsp cloves

¼ tsp salt

Pieces of cold butter

Pie dough

Canola oil or avocado oil

Baking bowl

Let's start by preparing the apples. Make sure they are washed, peeled, cored, and chopped up. In this recipe we used about 8 pieces of Granny Smith apples. Let’s also preheat the oven at about 425°F. After these steps, we can now place the apples in a pan over low heat and start cooking.

Add about 1 ½ cups of sugar in the pan to caramelize the apples. This will really bring out the sweetness in the fruits. Let’s also add in 3 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder (this goes really well with apples), ½ teaspoon of nutmeg (make sure to not go overboard with this one), ¼ teaspoon of ginger powder, ⅛ teaspoon of cloves, and ¼ teaspoon of salt to bring balance to the sweetness and add an extra layer of flavor.

Let’s mix it all together until the apple pieces are caramelized. At this point the smell from the pan will be so good and irresistible.

After a few minutes of stirring the ingredients lightly and caramelizing them, let’s place everything in a baking bowl. Let’s cut out our pie dough in a circular shape (or get a circular one from the store), and make sure it’s about a centimeter wider than the bowl. You’re free to make your pie dough from scratch, just make sure it’s the right size for your baking bowl.

Slice the cold butter into small pieces and put these on top of the apple mixture. The more butter, the creamier and better our pie filling will be!

After this is done, let’s place the pie dough over the bowl to cover the filling, and crimp the edges using your fingers. This step takes some practice, but don’t sweat it out. Just make sure you get the filling covered.

Using a small knife, let’s make some slices on the dough. Diana decided to make a heart-shaped slice in the middle of the dough, but you can make slices whichever way you want to.

Lastly, let’s put some oil over the dough to make it brown and crispy on the outside.

Now we’re ready to bake the pie!

Place the bowl in the preheated oven and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, drop the temperature to 350°F and bake the pie for another hour.

And voila! An award-winning apple pie recipe ready to be served to our families. The delicious smell will surely bring about the holiday feeling in our kitchens and dining tables. Cut into slices and serve alongside your other favorite holiday meals.

Did you enjoy this recipe? We really enjoyed making this. Check out Brenda’s full recipe here and feel free to check out the full Meal Monday video here. You are welcome to leave your thoughts and feedback in the comment section. Let us know what you think of this apple pie recipe and see you soon!

- Micah from Mom Training


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