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Apple Pie

I am a little surprised I didn't already have a recipe for apple pie in my archives, although perhaps that's because it's just so easy to make. Either way, B was asking for it the other day, so I did a little digging and came up with what is pretty darn close to the best apple pie I've ever had. The only thing that would have made it any better is if we had actually waited for the pie to cool. Because of our impatience, we were eating apple pie soup, but that's okay. It still tasted great!

Crust for 9" closed pie
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 Tbs all-purpose flour
Reserved juice from drained apples (see directions)
1/2 cup white sugar (divided)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbs cinnamon
pinch of salt
9 small Granny Smith apples or 6 large (any tart apple will do, really)

Peel, core, and slice the apples (about 1/2" thick). Toss with 1/4 cup white sugar and place in a colander or large wire mesh strainer over a bowl. Let sit for roughly 1.5 hours and save juice from drained apples. Preheat oven to 425° F. Melt butter in small saucepan. Stir in flour to form paste. Add reserved juice, remaining 1/4 cup white sugar, and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer about 5 minutes. Add cinnamon and salt. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Pour sauce over apples. Cover with second round of crust. Bake 15 minutes at 425° F then reduce temperature to 350° F. Continue baking for 35 - 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Notes: Taking the time to drain the apples will prevent big pockets of air forming between the apples and the top crust and will also prevent adding any extra liquid to the mix. Be sure to let the pie cool thoroughly unless you care to have apple pie soup as we did. I did take pictures of this pie and will be uploading them soon, so I hope to have them up here soon.
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Comments

I'm looking for apple cake or apple bread. Got anything like that?
No, sorry. I don't have anything for either one. Check out allrecipes.com and do a search for both of them and then sort it by ratings and read through the comments there. That's how I find most of the recipes I don't have (before tweaking). I hope that helps! :)