“Easy as pie” – how many times have you heard that phrase? Now you can bake an apple pie like a pro without throwing a hissy fit. Here are our top 10 tips for the perfect apple pie, every time.
1) Apples! Apples! Apples!!!
The most important part of an apple pie is of course the apples. If you live in an area with apple orchards, choose a combination of tart and sweet apples and add them to the pie within 24 hours. If you live near an apple orchard, Granny Smiths are the best apples for your pie. Their tartness combined with the sweetness of the sugar-cinnamon mixture makes for a wonderful taste. McIntosh and Cortland apples are also a good combination, but they must be fresh apples.
2) The crust should not catch fire
The problem with baking apple pie is that the edges of the crust can burn. To avoid this problem, cover the edges of the pie with cling film. However, do not press it in from the sides. The edges of the pastry may not be fully cooked, as the plastic wrap reflects heat. You can also buy a border around the pie to keep it from burning.
3) Taste the apples
Once the cinnamon-sugar mixture has been added, taste the apples. Don’t be afraid to add brown sugar or cinnamon. You can’t ruin a good thing by adding something good!
4) Don’t be overweight!!!
Baking the cake pan before adding the apple filling can cause it to puff up. To avoid this, place dried beans at the bottom of the cake before baking. There are also weighted balls that can be placed at the bottom of the pan to prevent the batter from puffing up.
5) A bunch of apples is fine
Always make more apples than you need. As soon as the apples are filled, form a pile in the cake pan. Pull the top crust as far back as possible over the pile of apples. The pile of apples will shrink as the cake bakes. There are enough apples left on the cake. Without the mound, the cake could fail because there are fewer apples per piece.
6) Topping: ice cream
Don’t forget to serve ice cream with each piece of cake. Use your imagination. Vanilla ice cream is usually served with a piece of apple pie. Try cinnamon or pecan ice cream instead. Cookie or cream ice cream is also very good, as is pistachio or peach ice cream.
7) Give apple pie a new twist!
Instead of the standard apple pie, look for recipes with variations. Try Dutch apple pie, French apple pie, rhubarb apple pie, cranberry raisin apple pie, and other apple pie combinations.
8) Caramel Delight!
Instead of ice cream, pour melted caramel over the apple pie. This gives the pie an extra sweetness and surprises your family and friends.
9) Sweeter than sugar
If you don’t like the sweetness of apples, but don’t want to add sugar either, you can add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, finely grated lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons of melted apple jelly. The addition of jam gives the cake a special sweetness.
10) Pretty picture
Cut a slit in the top of the apple pie with several knives. Add a pattern or pretty decoration instead of just slits. Carve your loved one’s initials, heart, or star into the cake pan. There are no limits to your imagination!
Sara is a qualified food expert at Main food line, Canada. She had graduated from the University of Cambridge. Sara loves to write about healthy nutrients which help to prevent the human body from various diseases. So people enjoy a healthy lifestyle. She is well experienced in apple crumble pie and has an impressive portfolio of serving international clients.