If you’re hoping to learn American cooking techniques, apple pie is a quintessential dessert to have in your repertoire. According to Time magazine, apple pie recipes traveled over from England during the colonization of what is now known as the United States. Of course, Americans contributed to the deliciousness of this classic pastry by adding vanilla ice cream. The creation of pie a la mode is very much a story in itself. A professor in Cambridge regularly ordered ice cream with his apple pie, and a neighboring diner suggested he call it apple pie a la mode. Delighted by the name, the academic later ordered the dish by that name at the legendary Delmonico Restaurant in New York City. When the waiter informed him he’d never heard of the dish, the professor made a scene and was overheard by a reporter. The dessert then not only became established on Delmonico’s menu, but also was featured in the New York Sun. Today, apple pie is often enjoyed a la mode or topped with a slice of cheese.
Apple pie recipe
Below is a basic apple pie recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay via the Food Network:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegetable shortening, room temperature
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 5 Northern Spy apples
- 3/4 cup fine sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Add room temperature shortening into the bowl and stir until the mixture is uniform and the shortening resembles large peas. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg, water and vinegar. Pour the liquid evenly into the flour mixture. Use a fork to stir all of the ingredients together. Once the dough is consistent, divide it in half and shape each portion into a ball. Flatten both portions into 4-inch disks. Wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
Cover a rolling pin and your work surface with a light layer of flour. Roll the dough to consistent thickness. Flatten the dough into a circle about an inch larger than an upside down 8-inch pie plate. Use one of the portions to line the pie plate and gently press it to ensure it is even. Trim the excess dough away.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the filling, peel, core, and slice the apples. In a mixing bowl, stir in the apples with sugar, cinnamon and flour. Add the apple mixture to the pie shell, dispersing it evenly. Take the second portion of the pie dough and lay it over the filling and form dough around the edges of the pie plate. Cut several slits in the top crust. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool on the stovetop or a wire rack.