I started baking pies a few years ago, not because I really liked them (I’ve always been more of a cake girl, myself), but because I wanted to make something festive for fall (I am a fall girl) and I wanted to learn the art of the lattice crust! I found an apple pie recipe via Pinterest and even though it can be somewhat time consuming, it’s actually really simple. There aren’t many ingredients or steps to follow, so that part is easy (and I always use pre-made pie crust! I made my own once, but I’ve got little kids and I just don’t have that much time! No shame!) After I successfully baked my first pie and actually liked it, I was sort of obsessed and now I bake at least one every fall, usually after a trip to the apple orchard. I’ve done the lattice crust and I wanted to step up my game this year, so I went searching on Pinterest again for some inspiration, ran to Michael’s to pick up some mini fall cookie cutters (which I couldn’t find last year) and set aside an afternoon last weekend to whip it up. While I was at Michael’s I also found a mini pie pan and thought it would be fun for Madelyn to decorate her own pie alongside me. This was a trial run for when we go to the apple orchard next month and I can’t wait to make another one with our freshly picked orchard apples! Mmmm!
I also want to send out a special thanks to our friends over at Polders Old World Market for thee most beautiful wooden spoon there ever was. They don’t call it “dreamware” for nothing! It is seriously beautiful.
2 boxes pre-made pie crusts (I used the extra for my leaf cut-outs)
6 apples (red or green, I’ve used both or a mix of both)
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter (room temperature, cut into cubes)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 egg white in a dish, set aside (this is a sort of adhesive for the cut-outs)
extra cinnamon & sugar, plus a bit of brown sugar for topping
Peel, core and thinly slice apples into large bowl. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, flour, and half of the butter. Once all is evenly distributed, pour filling into prepared pie crust (read box for instructions), dot with remaining butter and top with lattice crust and leaf cut-outs, flower cut-outs, etc. I think the more the merrier, so I was glad I had that extra package of pie crust. Brush the bottoms of your cut-outs with the egg-whites before you put them into place. I also braided some of my strips and love the way that looked. You can get really creative with how you decorate it and that is half the fun!