Apple Pie

I’m sure we’ve all heard the phrase “As American as Apple Pie”, but what if you found out it wasn’t technically first made in America, and that it may in fact have been discovered before our own country? Check out some of our fun facts about Apple Pie, then use the recipe to make your own.

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  • The first written apple pie recipe goes back to 1381 in England; it was printed by Geoffrey Chaucer and included apples, figs, raisins, pears and a pastry shell (but no sugar-early English apple pies had no sugar. Sugar cost too much). Evidence of Dutch apple pies goes back to the 1600s.
  • English settlers brought apple pie-making to America.
  • Early American apple pies had a take-off crust.  First, the apples were baked in the crust.  Then the top crust was lifted off.  Sugar and spices were added.  The top crust was put back on.  Then the pie was served.
  • Settlers of the American west made mock apple pie.  They had no apples.  They used crackers and special spices instead.  They thought it tasted like real apple pie.  Some people still make mock apple pie today.
  • The most common toppings for apple pie are vanilla ice cream (a la mode) and cheese (American cheese or cheddar).

Oatmeal-Nut Crunch Apple Pie

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Try this healthier Apple Pie version from Eating Well

Makes: 10 servings
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 1/2 hours
Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons ice water

Filling

  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 medium McIntosh apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Topping

  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Preparation
  1. To prepare crust: Whisk 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Cut in 4 tablespoons butter and cream cheese using a pastry blender or a fork until the mixture is pebbly. Add oil; stir until evenly moistened. Sprinkle water over the mixture; toss with a fork to combine. Knead the dough in the bowl a few times. Gather into a ball, press into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days.
  2. Roll the dough into a 14-inch circle between 2 large pieces of parchment or wax paper. Peel off the top sheet and invert the dough into a 9-inch pie pan. Peel off the remaining paper. Press the dough firmly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Tuck the overhanging dough under, forming a double-thick edge. Crimp the edge with your fingers. Using a fork, prick the dough in several places. Refrigerate the crust for 15 minutes.
  3. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 375°F. Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool, about 30 minutes.
  4. To prepare filling: Combine apples, 1/2 cup brown sugar, lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a large bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour over the apples and toss again; mound the filling into the cooled crust. Coat the crust edges with cooking spray, return the pie to the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare topping: Combine 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour, oats, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or a fork until evenly distributed. Stir in orange juice concentrate and nuts.
  6. After the pie has baked for 30 minutes, remove it from the oven and scatter the topping over the apples. Return it to the oven (covering the edges of the crust with foil if they’re browning too quickly) and bake until the topping is golden and the juices are bubbling around the edges, 20 minutes more. Cool for at least 1 hour before serving.
Tips & Notes
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare and refrigerate the dough (Step 1) for up to 2 days. | Equipment: 9-inch pie pan
Nutrition

Per serving: 340 calories; 13 g fat (6 g sat, 2 g mono); 21 mg cholesterol; 53 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 4 g fiber; 110 mg sodium; 199 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (18% daily value)
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