How to Make an Apple Pie

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Petra Cox with Moms Apple Pie Bakery breaks down how to make an apple pie.

    Petra Cox

    Petra is a specialty baker for Mom's Apple Pie Company, a family-run bakery with four locations in Northern Virginia. By the time she was born, the family business had been operating from their home for three years. Petra and her siblings grew up rolling crusts, peeling apples and baking pies with their parents from early on. In addition to bakery experience, Petra trained with family friend, Is Harris, making a variety of Thai cuisine from scratch, punctuating her culinary appreciation for both sweet and savory flavors and techniques. Subsequent training in oenology and cuisine both in Florence, Italy and Washington, DC led to her current position as wine buyer and recipe research and development at Mom's Apple Pie in Occoquan, Virginia.

    I am Petra with Moms Apple Pie Bakery in Occoquan, Virginia, where our family business is been making pies over 25 years. Today we are going to make a butter crust apple pie. Alright, lets go.

    So, here we have all the ingredients and tools you are going to need to make your butter crust apple pie, and for the dough, for the crust, we have pastry flour, which is a little more fine than all-purpose flour. We have about two sticks of unsalted butter. You use only one tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of salt. You are going to use a food processor to get all of those ingredients together.

    At the end of processing those ingredients you add just a few tablespoons of ice water, just to pull the dough together. For the filling, of course you are going to need apple, this about three York apple, they are kind of large apples, they are an old fashioned, they are really tart and really flavorful. But you can you use any nice, tart firm apple like a green Golden Delicious, its a really good one to use, or Granny Smith. Also, for the filling, you need more sugar, probably about a cup of sugar, and a heaping tablespoon of cornstarch. A touch of salt and cinnamon to taste, we use about a teaspoon, not too much, so you can still taste the really nice fresh apples. You of course need a rolling pin to roll out your dough, and when youre done putting the pie together, youre going to paint it with egg wash, so thats basically just an egg and a few tablespoons of sugar, just to give it a nice shine on the top, and thats all the tools you need.