The secret to a fabulous apple pie

August 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A recipe for a prize-winning homemade apple pie! The key to making your dessert extra special. Founder and CEO of The Fruit Guys, Chris Mittelstaedt, has the recipe.

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Crust Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 sticks very cold unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 heaping tsp brown sugar
  • 5-8 tbs ice cold water

Filling Ingredients:

  • 7 Gravenstein Apples
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cap full of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp all spice

Crust:
Mix flour, almond flour, salt and brown sugar. Cut in butter. Drizzle in ice-cold water tbsp at a time, until crumbly dough stays together when pinched. Form two disks and refrigerate for 2 hours. Roll out dough to line pie plate.

Filling:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.

Place the bottom curst in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a latticework of crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over crust. Pout slowly so that it does not run off.

Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Continue baking for 35-45 minutes, until apples are soft.

About Chris Mittelstaedt:
Chris Mittelstaedt started The FruitGuys in 1998 with the dream of developing a unique and viable business while advancing the wellbeing of people in the workplace. What started out as a two-person operation and an old Honda filled with fruit has become a multimillion dollar enterprise employing approximately 40 staff.


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