On Thanksgiving weekend The Village at Blue Mountain, Ont., fills with the fragrance of freshly baked apple pies. For this Quintessential Apple Pie Contest, bakers from this apple-growing region that rings Georgian Bay carry their pies – double crust, single crust, lattice top, streusel and more – to the judging tables. Baking enthusiast Brenda Hall of Collingwood, Ont., took first prize with this pie, which she called “Grandma Thompson's,” a classic double-crust pie that's not too sweet but full and juicy with freshly harvested local McIntosh apples. For a fall pie, re-roll the pastry scraps and cut out maple leaves to arrange over the top crust.
- Portion size 8 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: October 2008
- 1 Double-Crust Sour Cream Pastry
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons coarse sugar
- 8 apples (such as McIntosh or Northern Spy; about 3 lb/1.5 kg)
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons butter softened
Double-Crust Sour Cream Pastry
Set out 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate.
Filling: Peel and core apples; cut into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices to make 8 cups (2 L). Place in large bowl. In small bowl, toss together sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt ; add to apples and toss until coated.
On lightly floured surface, roll out half of the pastry to generous 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness; fit into pie plate. Trim to rim of pie plate. Scrape in filling; dot with butter.
Roll out remaining pastry. Whisk egg yolk with 1 tbsp (15 mL) water; brush some of this egg wash over pastry on rim. Fit pastry over filling; trim to leave 3/4-inch (2 cm) overhang. Fold upper layer of pastry under pastry on rim; flute to seal. Brush some of the remaining egg wash lightly over pastry. Cut steam vents in top; sprinkle with coarse sugar.
Bake in bottom third of 450°F (230°C) oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F (180°C); bake until bottom is deep golden, apples are tender and filling is bubbly and thickened, about 65 minutes. Let cool on rack. (Make-ahead: Set aside at room temperature for up to 8 hours.)
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Sodium 208 mg
- Protein 4 g
- Calories 489.0
- Total fat 25 g
- Cholesterol 70 mg
- Saturated fat 13 g
- Total carbohydrate 65 g
- Iron 13.0
- Folate 31.0
- Calcium 2.0
- Vitamin A 13.0
- Vitamin C 7.0