I made two apple pies for a pot luck today. The pies looked wonderful and the crust was perfect, flaky and tender. And though I received rave reviews for them, I am dissatisfied with the filling. First, my wife is hyper sensitive to flavors, and so the standard tart apples just don't work for her. And since I have to please her palate as well as everyone else's, I use a sweeter apple. I peeled 10 lbs of apples with a paring knife and sliced them with the same. It's a time intensive process. The apple slices were placed in a bowl of water with added lemon juice to keep them from browning Until the crusts were made and in the pie pans. I then drained the apples, and added about a cup of sugar, along with about three tbs. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg. I then added about 1/2 cup of flour and stirred the apple mixture until everything was well coated. One of the pies had a standard bottom crust, and the other had the bottom crust, two caramel disks place on the bottom, which were then covered with a thing crust that just covered the bottom. The pie filling was placed into the crusts, and the second crust was placed on top. Egg whas was applied to the top crust and sugar was sprinkled on top. The pies were baked at 375' for 1 hour. They came out golden brown and beautiful. The filling held together just enough to not spill all over the place when the pie pieces were cut and served.
My problem was that the filling tasted pastey to me. That is, the flour had done its job and absorbed the apple juices, and made a great texture. But it tasted uncooked, like flour mixed with apple juice and cooked, but not until done. There was that raw flour taste.
There must be a better thickner than flour. I would think that tapioca starch, or corn starch would work, but have no clue how much to use in a deep dish pie with 5 lbs. of apples in it. Any advise would be appreciated. Apple pies and home made pizza crusts are my Achilles heel in the cullinary world.
My pizza crusts always come out undercooked and doughey, except when I make them on the grill.
But this thread isn't about pizza. I need a perfect apple pie filling.
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