Brown Sugar Spiced Apple Pie

This apple pie was an accident. Stemming from me buying dark brown sugar instead of light for an unrelated recipe and one of my roommates having an overflow of apples from a trip to an orchard. But what says fall and holidays more than pie?

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Of course, if you don’t live on the East Coast and are not surrounded by apple orchards aplenty, Granny Smith Apples are the best. Granny Smith’s keep their integrity with the long bake time and the tartness balances out the sweet, molasses flavor of dark brown sugar. In all seriousness though, you can make this pie with any apples you choose, but just keep in mind, Granny Smith’s are king when it comes to baking.

I'd like to call myself something of a pie connoisseur by this point in my life. I’ve sold them around my hometown to earn some extra cash and even prefer them over cake for my birthday. There’s something comforting and homey about them and that warm feeling is something cake doesn't live up to in my head.

I chose to do a lattice with this pie, but you can do a full crust on top or even choose to do a streusel if that tickles your fancy. I did throw in a braid, but that’s about as far as my pie design skills go. If you’re struggling with lattice this video gives you a step-by-step and will really help you out if you’re intimidated. But I believe in you, it’s really not as difficult as it looks and my typing out an explanation would probably do more harm than good.

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The extra pieces of cold butter on top take this pie into over the top territory. It’ll melt into the filling and make everything rich and decadent while you still get a serving a fruit (it’s healthy if it’s fruit, right?).

This pie, served with some vanilla gelato I got from the university’s market, was gone in two days between my three roommates, some friends, and I. It’s sweet, sticky, and the spices comes through beautifully. And when I took the pictures next to my living room window to get ‘good light’ it was really just an elaborate ruse to catch someone cartoon floating over.

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Print Recipe
Brown Sugar Spiced Apple Pie
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the Crust
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks butter cold and cubed
  • 4-6 Tbsp ice water
For the Filling
  • 6-8 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and sliced thin
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp butter cold and cubed
  • cinnamon sugar for topping 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the Crust
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks butter cold and cubed
  • 4-6 Tbsp ice water
For the Filling
  • 6-8 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and sliced thin
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp butter cold and cubed
  • cinnamon sugar for topping 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
For the Crust
  1. In a large bowl, using either a pastry cutter or your hands, cut the cold butter into the flour and salt until you get pea sized pieces of butter.
  2. Add the first 4 tablespoons of ice water into the bowl and combine. Add any additional water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together. (If you add too much water, adjust with a tablespoon of flour.)
  3. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  4. Once chilled, cut the dough in half. Roll out one half to fit your pie pan (should be about ¼ inch thick). Gently place the dough in a pie pan sprayed with baking spray and trim the edges.
  5. Roll out the remaining dough into a rectangle the length of your pie pan. Cut ½ inch - 1 inch strips depending on how small or big you want your lattice to be. I used about 12 ¼ inch strips.
For the Filling
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the chopped apples, brown sugar, flour, spices, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Fill your pie pan and decorate the top however you wish.
  3. Brush the top of the pie dough with a little bit of water and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  4. Cover the entire pie with tin foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover the top and continue to bake for another 45-55 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling has thickened.
  5. Let sit for at least 20 minutes! Longer is preferred, but 20 minutes minimum. If your pie has a little bit of liquid, this cooling time is where it will thicken, so don’t worry.
  6. Serving with vanilla ice cream is strongly encouraged.

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