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Old 07-03-2013, 12:48 PM   #1
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Science Builds a Better Pie

In preparation for tomorrow's celebration, today's NYT food section was devoted to pies. Inside there is an article about all the features that make a better apple pie. Apple slice structure, thickening, gluten, temperature, amount of butter, etc...

So I was wondering if you had the "Best Apple Pie Ever" recipe that you could share and what exact proportions you would use to make it so.

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Old 07-04-2013, 11:03 AM   #2
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My mom's apple pie is the best :) it's a by gosh and by golly measurement system and the apple thickness depends on how much time she has. Her crust is the same as mine (flour, crisco, egg, water & vinegar) and is exact'ish in measurement but the others spend on the current apples (more tart = more sugar, sweeter = less sugar, etc) and who she is baking for. My dad loves a double crust. DH, my sister and I get Dutch apple crumb top.

Lots of help, aren't I? But really, over thinking pie makes it tough (literally). Pie is a feeling ... Get the crust right and the rest will fall into place.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:25 PM   #3
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My mom made good apple pie, just trowing things together, not fantastic but good.

This fall will be the year I perfect my apple pie, I want a go-to formula. Since I am all about precision, I'll be going for a recipe that can be executed the same every time with the same results every time. I like a pie that slices nicely and doesn't run juice all over the pan. Oh yeah, the flavor has to be spot on!
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I have made some darned good apple pies with regular pie crust, apples, corn starch, cinnamon, and sugar.

Then, I found a recipe for a pear tart on my Danish cooking site. It makes a really tasty pear tart, but if I substitute apple, it's still really good. The crust has butter, flour, water, sugar, and cinnamon. The apples are just peeled, cut in half, and cored. The I put the apple halves, cut side down, on the dough and cover it. Comes out great. Stirling is a real apple pie fanatic and really likes this one.
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Can you share the Danish web site?
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Can you share the Danish web site?
Sure, but it's in Danish.

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I do love a good pie. There a

There so many great types. How does a guy choose?

I start with three cups of ap flour, with a 1 1/2 tsp. of salt, and enough lard to make it look like pea-gravel when it's all cut in (about a pound of lard). After that is completed, I add about 4 tbs. of ice water and gently form the dough into two equal balls. Roll them out, put them in the pie plate, fill, top with the second crust, pinch and flute the edges to seal. Finally, cut vent holes in the top crust. Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, and bake to perfection.

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I do love a good pie. There a

There so many great types. How does a guy choose?

I start with three cups of ap flour, with a 1 1/2 tsp. of salt, and enough lard to make it look like pea-gravel when it's all cut in (about a pound of lard). After that is completed, I add about 4 tbs. of ice water and gently form the dough into two equal balls. Roll them out, put them in the pie plate, fill, top with the second crust, pinch and flute the edges to seal. Finally, cut vent holes in the top crust. Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, and bake to perfection.

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Science cannot make the perfect apple pie. Only Mom can.
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Science cannot make the perfect apple pie. Only Mom can.
Or a Dad who loves to cook.
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