Thursday, July 21, 2011

Individual Caramel Apple Pies


These little beauties came about from a purchase I made today.  While trolling around the mall looking for benches to sit and eat I saw a store that magically appeared out of no where apparently because I had never seen it.  This was no ordinary store, this was Jenna Heaven in the flesh.  Imagine the Cracker Barrel gift shop and A.C. Moore had a love child.   Imagine everything I love was vomited into a little third floor corner.  Imagine everything in there is cheap as hell.  This is my new favorite place.

So what did I find?  Oh, pretty much everything.  But what did I buy?  I bough a pack of 8 different colored bracelet string - 12 kr!  A 12 pack of thread - 3 kr!  A 24 pack of 8 inch skinny candles - 12 kr!  But most importantly, the mother of all finds that melted my pie loving little heart:  AMERICAN PIE PLATES.  Oh yes baby, none of that straight sided-can't get the damn slice out-want to throw it at a wall European shit.  These babies got curves.  I used up my yearly store of self restraint and only bought four.  48 kr for four pie plates?  I wanna know what the catch is, cause I'm about to spend all my money in this place. They have cupcake magnets.  Oh and I got a pretty new purple apron, it has pockets and I ♥ it.  Got licorice too, it was gross.

Anyway, as I was saying.  

I can't go around buying pie plates and not make pie.  And as it just so happens before I stumbled upon these little beauties I had purchased five huge Red Delicious apples from the good ol' US of A.  Apple pie it is. And I have ice cream!  Apple pie it really is.  The search for the perfect pie begins!  But hold up.  Crust first.

As I was looking around the interwebs for a good crust I haven't used before I remembered I had this stashed away.  Perfection!  Crust done.  And the pie?  Can't do something I've done before, that's just counter-productive.  So I hobbled on over to my trusty and scoured the recipes.  I came across one that looked promising as it had come from an old grandma and grandma's are good with pies.  The reviews were stellar and apparently this pie had won quite a few people top prizes in contests.  That'll do.

After one bite, it made perfect sense why this pie won prizes.  It's sweet but not overly so, the apples come through perfectly.  The caramel sauce melds everything together and the vanilla, which I added, gives a flavor that puts it over the top.  This is my new favorite apple pie and I don't think I'll ever need another one.

Butter Pie Crust 

2 1/2 Cups Flour (300g)
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 Cup (226g/2 sticks) Butter, cold 
1/2 - 3/4 Cup Ice Water

Cut your butter into cubes and put it in the freezer.  Combine flour, sugar and salt.  Take butter out of the freezer and work into flour mixture with a pastry cutter or fork. Do not use your hands.  When the butter is blended into the flour with large chunks visible, add 1/2 of the water and mix together with a spatula.  Add water 1 Tablespoon at a time until it comes together.  Gently press dough together, cut in half and then wrap each piece in plastic.  Put in the freezer while you prepare the pie filling. 

Caramel Apple Pie 

3 Red Delicious Apples, peeled/cored/sliced
 1/2 Cup (113g) Unsalted Butter
3 Tablespoons Flour
1/4 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Seeds of 1 Vanilla Bean 

Prepare your apples and set aside.  Melt butter in a saucepan, add the flour and stir until its blended into a paste.  Add water, sugars, cinnamon and vanilla seeds and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer one minute then take off the heat to cool.  It will be a thick caramel, this is fine.

Preheat oven to 425F/220C.

Roll out your pie dough on a well floured surface.  Use as much flour as you need, you can brush off the excess.  Cut out circles 2 inches larger than your pie plate.  Cut smaller circles for the top crust.

Place larger circles in the pie plate, fill up with apples, then add the caramel sauce on top.  It will seems like a big blob in the center, that's totally okay.  Add your top crust then seal the edges of the bottom crust over the top.  Cut 4 slits in the top crust.  Repeat with remaining pies if you are making smaller ones.

Place on a baking rack and bake 10 minutes for small pies, 15 for a single large one.  Reduce heat to 350F/175C and bake an additional 20 minutes for small pies, 35-40 for a large pie.  Cool for 15 minutes.

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Selina. said...

what was this magic shop called!? also these pies loook yuuum!!

Jenna Ravnestad said...

Thanks! It's Søstrene Grene in Xhibition on the 3rd floor. It's fantastic.

Selina. said...

gaaah i need a job there are soooo many things i want to buy!!!

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