Thanksgiving weekend last year and The Village at Blue Mountain, Ont., was filled with the fragrance of freshly baked apple pies. For the first-ever Quintessential Apple Pie contest, bakers from this apple-growing region that rings Georgian Bay carried their pies – double crust, single crust, lattice top, streusel, Cheddar crust, even a chocolate apple combo – to the judging tables. Collingwood baking enthusiast Brenda Hall took first prize with a classic double-crust pie – a family recipe that's not too sweet but full and juicy with freshly harvested local McIntosh apples.
- Portion size 8 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: October 2007
- 1 Double-Crust Sour Cream Pastry recipe
- 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 ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons butter softened
MethodFilling: Peel and core apples; cut into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices and place in large bowl. In small bowl, toss together sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt ; add to apples and toss to coat.
On lightly floured surface, roll out half of the pastry to generous 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness; fit into 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Trim to leave 3/4-inch (2 cm) overhang; fold under and flute edge. Scrape filling into pie shell; dot with butter.
Roll out remaining pastry. Whisk egg yolk with 1 tbsp (15 mL) water; brush over pastry rim. Fit pastry over filling; trim to leave 3/4-inch (2 cm) overhang. Fold overhang under bottom pastry rim; seal and flute edge. Brush egg mixture 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 for 65 minutes or until bottom is deep golden and filling is bubbling and thickened. Let cool on rack. (Make-ahead: Set aside for up to 24 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