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Easy ​4th of July Apple Pie

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Easy 4th of July Apple Pie For Your Celebration!

It’s time to celebrate summer with friends, family, and neighbors. Your 4th of July backyard barbecue just doesn’t say American without an Apple Pie. Many shy away from making a homemade apple pie because the crust can be complicated or the time commitment is too great. But, let’s be honest, nothing beats the smell of a homemade apple pie baking in the oven. Don’t be afraid to give it a try. This recipe is so easy with a foolproof crust that uses Vodka as an ingredient combined with Granny Smith Apples. You can do it, and half the fun is making it.

Rabbit Creek Pie Crust

The great news is that this  Foolproof Pie Dough recipe makes is easy for any baker, rookie or expert to make a pie crust that is buttery, flaky and tender. It can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to two days (we’ve waited longer, and it still tasted amazing). So make it early, so you are ready to start rolling it out when pie making time comes around.

Roll out one pie crust to fit your 9” pie plate. Make sure to roll in one direction at a time making every effort to make the crust even. Using flour to keep it from sticking to your counter and roller is a good idea, just use as little as possible. Roll out until you have about an inch overhang all around your pie plate. Place crust in your pie plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes while you prep the apples.

Apples with Rabbit Creek

Peel, core and slice apples into thin slices and place in a large bowl. Toss with flour, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until combined. Pour this mixture into chilled pie crust and dot with butter.

How To Top Your Apple Pie

How To Top Your Apple Pie

Roll out the remaining pie crust large enough to cover the top of the pie and the bottom edges. Tuck top pie crust under bottom piece and crimp edges together to create a seal. This is where you can be creative with your pie edges. Cut slits on top, brush with an egg white and generously sprinkle with sanding sugar. Pop the whole pie back in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes before baking.

Baking Your Apple Pie

Bake for 18 minutes at 400 then reduce temperature to 350 and bake for an additional 60 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on your pie crust. It can quickly brown. Shielding the edges or even the whole top with aluminum foil will keep it from browning too much.

Now light the grill, serve up dinner and save room for dessert. Reheat your pie pieces if you wish in the microwave to warm them up and add a little vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat. Your guests will be amazed at your pie making skills. Happy 4th of July!

Easy Apple Pie RecipeRabbit Creek Apple Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs apples (Granny Smith) peeled, cored and cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ Cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • Sanding sugar

Directions:

  • On floured surface, roll pie crust to fit pie plate, place in pie plate but do not trim overhang.
  • In a large bowl, toss together apples, flour, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until combined. Pour mixture into chilled pie shell, piling in the center. Dot mixture with butter.
  • Roll out remaining disk of dough. Center on top of the pie and trim edge, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Tuck dough under bottom piece and crimp edge decoratively. Cut three slits in top of dough.
  • Brush pie with egg white and sprinkle generously with sanding sugar.
  • Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 60 minutes more. Shield crust with foil if browning too quickly. Transfer to a rack and cool. *Oven bake time can vary, please adjust according to your oven.