I wanted to make a pie, but didn’t want to make a normal one. The result is something that looks super impressive, but does not take that much work to make. This is a sure win if you’re trying to impress someone, or if you want show off your super amazing baking skill at a pot luck.
This recipe was one part trying to show off a sweet looking apple pie, and one part showing how to make the perfect pie crust. While researching on how the make a rose apple pie, I noticed that there weren’t that many videos on it. So I thought I’d give it a shot, and show case my take on this cool looking pie.
It took a couple of tries until I got the apples to what I wanted. I wanted something that was very atheistically pleasing to look at, but also something that pleasing to bite into. My first attempt ended up with something that was a bit on the tougher side. I wanted the different colours of green and red to show so I didn’t peel any of my apples. What I ended up with was a pie that was pretty but had lot of chewy apple skin. To remedy this I changed my final recipe to peel 2 apples, that way you get a mix of soft apples to eat and the complimenting colours of red and green.
Peeling, did make some of the apples softer but it wasn’t as soft as I would’ve liked. So I cooked the solution I found was to cook the apples a little over low heat to soften them up before being baked. The only problem was that I had to be very careful when cooking so that I don’t destroy the apples and end up with very small mushy bits.
While in the video I cooked the while batch in one go, I would totally recommend doing it in batches! I did everything together because I was getting tired from filming and wanted to get everything done while the sun was up. One of the problems of being a one man team and having only one camera to film everything.
The crust was also took a couple of tries. My first crust I tried used butter, flour, eggs, and sugar. It was alright, but I thought it was too sweet and not flaky enough. It was more of a tart crust than a pie crust. So I went online to research more and found a super simple one that has crazy amount of reviews. Actually I don’t know why I didn’t choose this one in the first place. All it needed was flour, butter, salt, and water. Sometimes simple is best right?
I highly recommend you try this at home and if you have any comments, tips, or suggestions please leave it below or in the video. Any criticism is greatly appreciated.
If you’re intersted in the amazing things that apples can do, besides being great in pies, then check out this article by Helen. It talks about the crazy nutritional facts about the fruit as well as some great information on why it’s considered a superfood.
– Pie Crust
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter (chilled and diced)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup ice water (add 2 tbsp at a time)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp butter
pinch of salt
In a bowl whisk the flour and salt together. Add the chilled diced butter and cut them together until you get a bread crumb texture. You can do this with an electric mixer, food processor, pastry cutter, or with you fingertips. You will want to combine the dough by adding 2 tbsp of iced water at a time until the dough just combines. Try not to overwork the dough too much or it’ll end up chewy when baked.
Chill the dough for about 2 hours. In the meantime peel 2 apples and slice them in half. Cut out the core, and then slice them very thin using a mandolin. Place the slices in a bowl, squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top and give it a light toss. Repeat for the other 4 apples, but don’t peel them. You will want the skin to provide some colour and contrast on the finished product. I would recommend doing this in batches so that the apples doesn’t have any time to brown.
Once you have sliced all the apples, add all the spices and with your hands toss everything until everything is covered. Grab a pan and cook the apple slices over low heat with a bit of butter. If you want to avoid the apples breaking from being tossed around, cook in smaller batches. This way the apples are soft but still in one piece.
After the dough is chilled, roll it out over a floured surface until it is 1/8th inch thick. Transfer the dough onto the pie plate and trim the excess bits off. Now to make the rose part with the apple slices. You will want to start on the outside and work your way towards the middle. I worked in a clock wise direction until I was about 80% done.
To make the centre you will want some parchment paper or something that’s smooth. Lay the apple slices in a row with each piece is slightly overlapping the previous slice. It should be about a little over 6 inches long. Take the end where you laid the last piece and start rolling it towards the other end. You will end up with a apple rose that you can place in the centre of the pie. If this sounds very confusing, just check the video up above.
Fill in the gap between the rose and the ring of slices with your remaining apples. Chill the pie for 30 minutes before baking in the oven at 435F for 20 – 40 minutes or until it is golden brown.