Kick Butt Apple Pie and a Lesson in Latticing

Saturday I had the privilege of meeting up with two fellow foodies who’s blogs I love and admire.  I headed up to Childress Vineyards in Lexington NC for an afternoon of wine, food, and conversation with Prerna from Indian Simmer and Rebbeca from Chow and Chatter.  The wine was amazing and the conversation even better.  There is just something so gratifying (and cool!) about meeting up with the people of the blogs you follow.  Putting a face to a name always makes it more personal and reminds me of one of the main reasons I started blogging in the first place.  Community.  There are so many incredibly talented and amazing bloggers out there.  Meeting other bloggers through conferences and outside meet-ups has quickly become one of my favorite aspects of blogging.  Thanks for a great afternoon ladies!

But, of course, the reason we’re all here milling around is for the recipe of the day.  And I definitely have a good one.  Because in case you need reminding, Thanksgiving is coming.  And with Thanksgiving comes eating.  Lots and lots of eating.   And when you’re done eating your delicious feast, you’re going to need a pie.   A kick butt good pie.  This is that pie.  I’ve even gone so far as to put myself out there for my first ever vlog on how to easily lattice a pie.  I can almost hear my mom now… “put on some make up and brush your hair!  Look pretty for goodness sake!” Ok mom, I didn’t get all dolled up for my opening show, but I still did a pretty decent job of showing how to lattice a pie.

And in a first ever Mommie Cooks blunder, I completely and totally forgot to take a picture of the ingredients for the inside of the pie.  I’m not sure what happened.  Probably a combination of sleep deprivation, lack of caffeine and three kids talking to me simultaneously as I attempt to do pretty much anything.  I did manage to snap a picture of the dough ingredients, so I at least got half there.  Let’s bake a pie.

Ingredients Needed:

For the Crust:

11/2 Cups of Flour
1/4 tsp of Salt
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter
1/4 Cup of Water

For the Pie:

4-5 Apples, Peeled and Chopped
1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 Stick of Butter
2 Tbsp of Maple Syrup
A Couple Shakes of Salt
1/2 tsp of Vanilla
1/2 tsp of Almond Extract
1 Tbsp of Flour
2 Tbsp of Cream
1 tsp of Cinnamon
1/2 tsp of Nutmeg

To make the dough, you’ll want to add your flour and salt to a bowl.  Now cut up your butter into small squares and add it into the flour, a few squares at a time, using either a fork or a pastry blender.

When the butter is all incorporated here’s what you’ll have:

Add in the water and mix it up to form a dough.

Stick the dough in the fridge to chill and let’s start working on the filling.

Grab up your brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, salt, vanilla, almond extract, flour, cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg and dump them into a small pot.

Turn your heat to medium and let the mixture cook up.   When it reaches boiling, remove it from the heat and set aside.

Pull your dough back out and cut it into two equal pieces.  Roll the first piece out to fit your pie pan and lay it inside.

Cut off the excess and crimp your crust all pretty like.

Now add in your apples.

Now it’s time to roll out your second piece of dough.  Roll it out to the size of your pie top.  Grab a pizza cutter and cut about 14-16 1/2″ strips from the dough.

And now, for the moment of truth, check out this quick video for an explanation on how to easily lattice a pie.

What did you think?  Easy peasy?  Here’s where you should be at now:

The last step is to take your sauce and carefully pour it over the top of the pie.

Now pop your pie in the oven at 375 for 40 minutes.  You might want to put another pan under your pie as well to catch any drippings.

And here’s your pie hot out of the oven.

I just love the way pouring the sauce over the top caramelizes the crust.  You’ve got to taste it to believe it.  Totally kick butt.

I am linking this recipe up to Hearth and Soul and Tasty Tuesdays.

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Kick Butt Apple Pie

Ingredients:

For the crust:

11/2 Cups of Flour
1/4 tsp of Salt
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter
1/4 Cup of Water

For the Pie:

4-5 Apples, Peeled and Chopped
1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 Stick of Butter
2 Tbsp of Maple Syrup
A Couple Shakes of Salt
1/2 tsp of Vanilla
1/2 tsp of Almond Extract
1 Tbsp of Flour
2 Tbsp of Cream
1 tsp of Cinnamon
1/2 tsp of Nutmeg

Directions:

To make the dough, you'll want to add your flour and salt to a bowl. Now cut up your butter into small squares and add it into the flour, a few squares at a time, using either a fork or a pastry blender.

Add in the water and mix it up to form a dough.

Stick the dough in the fridge to chill and let's start working on the filling.

Grab up your brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, salt, vanilla, almond extract, flour, cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg and dump them into a small pot.

Turn your heat to medium and let the mixture cook up. When it reaches boiling, remove it from the heat and set aside.

Pull your dough back out and cut it into two equal pieces. Roll the first piece out to fit your pie pan and lay it inside

Cut off the excess and crimp your crust all pretty like.

Now add in your apples.

Now it's time to roll out your second piece of dough. Roll it out to the size of your pie top. Grab a pizza cutter and cut about 14-16 1/2" strips from the dough.

Lattice up your pie.

The last step is to take your sauce and carefully pour it over the top of the pie.

Now pop your pie in the oven at 375 for 40 minutes. You might want to put another pan under your pie as well to catch any drippings.

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38 Responses to “Kick Butt Apple Pie and a Lesson in Latticing”

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    Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} — November 22, 2010 @ 8:36 am

    I want to make this today! If only I didn’t have the longest grocery list of my life and two kids home from school sick. LOVE your vlog… Have a super day!

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    Katerina — November 22, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    I am sold. I am bookmarking this. I always try to find good apple pie recipes.

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    The Cilantropist — November 22, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    Great job with your first video! I know I was nervous with mine too, but I think your lattice looks perfect. :) Hoping to see more of your smiling face in the future, and have a awesome thanksgiving!

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    bunkycooks — November 22, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    Great job with your first video! The pie looks perfect. When I can stand, I will attempt one, too. ;) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    Faith — November 22, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    Julie,
    Your pie looks great and your first video is amazing too! I love all of your tips and of course, my favortie pie is the apple pie and I just love yours! I can compete with my mom now :)

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    Jennie — November 22, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    I’m totally bookmarking this kick butt recipe! Great video too!

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    Mari's Cakes — November 22, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    Easy peasy!!! Love how you poured the sauce on top of the crust. Great video.

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    Beth — November 22, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    Your pie looks gorgeous! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Laura in Cancun — November 22, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    The latticing looks great!!

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    rebecca — November 22, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

    awesome video your a star and was awesome to meet you your amazing

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    Sommer — November 22, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

    Hey Julie! LOVE your video–it’s good to see you again, even if its just on tape! This is an amazing looking pie–I like to pour sauce over the top of mine too! Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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    Juliana — November 22, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

    Oh! Your pie looks beautiful…I never made lattice pie, and sure will use the video when times come…beautifully done Julie :-)

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    Lisa — November 22, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

    Beautiful! I wouldn’t have the patience for that, but I have pie envy :) I like the new layout of the blog. Wondering- do you have any suggestions for festive holiday drinks, i.e., cocktails?

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    malia — November 22, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    Hi I am so impressed with your lattice-ing skills! Wish I could reach in the computer and grab a piece of that pie!
    Malia

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    Annie — November 22, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

    I love making a lattice crust on my pie. Great tutorial and recipe!

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    Monet — November 23, 2010 @ 12:41 am

    Julie…you never fail to impress me. You turned a rather intimidating process into something that most home-bakers and cooks will feel comfortable to try! I also want to reach into my screen to grab a slice of pie! Thank you for sharing with me…I hope you have a wonderful week of feasting, friends and family!

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    Anna Johnston — November 23, 2010 @ 3:13 am

    Just checked the pantry…. I have all the ingredients to make this here Kick Ass pie. Julie… Your a star…. LOVE IT! :)

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    Nuts about Food — November 23, 2010 @ 7:15 am

    I loved the video, good job. It really made things clear. Now I feel like I can attempt a real lattice, not the mock one I have used so far…hehe. Thanks

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — November 23, 2010 @ 9:10 am

    I can’t believe how easy that is! To watch me do it you’d think it’s the most difficult trick in the kitchen!

    Thanks, I think you’ve opened a whole new world of pretty pies.

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    Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 — November 23, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    Mmmm….beautiful and delicious! Wonderful lattice tutorial too! Thank you so much for linking up at my “Hostess 911″ 10-Minute Appetizer Blog Hop at Rook No. 17. I hope it brings some good traffic your way. Happy Holidays and Warmest Wishes, Jenn/Rook No. 17

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    mamabear — November 23, 2010 @ 11:10 am

    This is perfect! I’m assigned the apple pie this year. Maybe I’ll spice it up with some cardamom! Love your recipe!

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    Green Girl @ A little bit of everything — November 23, 2010 @ 11:56 am

    thanks for the lattice lesson, your pie sounds delicious.
    an award is waiting for you on my blog

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    JDaniel4's Mom — November 23, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    What a beautiful pie! Thank you for walking me step by step through the lattice.

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    Summer — November 23, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

    Ha ha , i want to imagine a pic of all the pretty ingredients :-)

    Oh the best part about this apple pie , is the sauce , loveee that so muc!!!
    i love brown sugar , maple syrup everything and this sound like something i will try when a bake my apple pie!
    And i like that that rhymed:-)hope u did too!

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    Rita — November 23, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    What you did to the apple pie is amazing! I have to try and make this; all the ingredients blens so well together and I thought I had a good apple pie. Hats of to yours!
    Rita

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    Gitte — November 24, 2010 @ 4:52 am

    Great video! Your Kick Butt Apple Pie looks absolutely delicious and the lattice work turned out perfect.

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    Christy — November 24, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

    Great vlog – I have always wondered about latticed pies. And I thought – oh, she forgot to put the sauce in the pie and you just poured it over the lattice – yum! Thanks for sharing this with us at the hearth and soul hop!

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    Natasha — November 27, 2010 @ 12:17 am

    Wow, that does look delicious and I loved the video clip too. Great idea.

    I would love to meet up with some fellow bloggers one day. I would especially love to meet the very sweet Rebecca. Maybe one day…

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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    Chef Dennis — November 27, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

    Julie
    what a great job with the video!! I have never made a lattice pie, it has always seemed like too much work for me, but you really made it look so easy! Apple is my favorite pie and I love the sauce on top of the lattice, it made it look so tasty!!
    Cheers
    Dennis

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    Maranda — November 29, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

    Awwwww!!! How stinking cute are you?!?!?!!! I love the video. And yes, you make it seem so easy peasy! Thanks for sharing. I definitely love the caramelized topping. Yum!

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    ingrid — November 30, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

    Great job, Julie! Now I know how to lattice pie crust!
    ~ingrid

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    Holly L — December 2, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

    I wonder if I can get my pie to be this pretty. I’d be happy if it tastes good. I have never made apple pie – can you believe it!

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    Prerna@IndianSimmer — December 2, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    Aww, great job with the video Julie! I came here for the recipe of your minestrone soup and now I know how to make lattice :-)
    Looking fwd to seeing some more of your lovely videos!

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    Nancy/SpicieFoodie — December 2, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

    Your video is great and so helpful. I’ve always thought it would be a lot more work than you showed us. I can’t wait to try this and thanks for sharing :)

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    grace — December 3, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    glorious, and so helpful. i didn’t know ‘latticing’ was a word, and if it’s not, it should be. :)

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    Matthew — December 16, 2010 @ 10:02 am

    The detail in the lattice work is supper impressive :)

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    Renee — March 2, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    Awesome Lattice DEMO! I’m so happy and very impressed that you thought to include a demo with the recipe instruction. Excellent idea! Pie looks nummy too!!! :)

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