Some of my favourite things to buy at the farmers markets this time of year, are fresh-from-the-farm apples. There is nothing like a crunchy Macintosh, or a glorious Gala apple to make me feel like I'm knee-deep in Autumn.
Although an apple a day might keep the doctor at a distance, a nice freshly baked pie will have everyone running to your door. My biggest problem has always been the time involved in pie making. The reality of working (and playing) as much as I do is that I don't have the time or energy to make pies completely from scratch. I can't stomach store-bought pies, so I've come up with a solution that saves me some time, but still gives me that homemade pie I crave.
~picture from Country Living
Jen's (Super-Yummy) Lazy-Girl Apple Pie:
1 frozen pie shell (don't cheap out - buy the good shells!)
5-8 fresh apples - your choice (I love Macintosh for my pies!)
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup butter (salted)
1/2 cup sugar
Sugar & Spice: (add spices to taste - I like a spicy pie!)
1/2 cup sugar
1 - 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 - 1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon powdered cloves
Preheat oven to 375*C.
For your crumble topping - in a bowl, cut butter, sugar and flour together with a pastry cutter until crumbly. Put in fridge until ready to use.
Put frozen pie shell on a cookie sheet. You want to fill the shell pretty full, as the apples bake down - and sometimes there is spillage! Prick pie shell with a fork.
Wash, peel, and cut apples - layer in pie shell sprinkling some sugar & spice mixture on as you go. Fill your pie full!
Pile your crumble topping on your pie. This may take some assembly skills - especially if you fill the pie as full of apples as I do. Trust me - it's worth it.
Bake 45 minutes or until pie topping is golden.
This honestly is the best, easiest pie I can make. I take it everywhere with me, either in pie or tart form and it's always a hit. For tarts, I use the same recipe and it makes about 18 tarts or so, depending on the size of the tarts I buy.
If the thought of store-bought shells and salted butter leave you shuddering - try this divine recipe from the Country Living website. Apple Pie with Salted Pecan Crumble - there is even a recipe for whipped cream.
But - if you are like me, and perennially short on time - do try my easy apple recipe - you won't be sorry!