Many people I know are master cake bakers, cookie makers and cupcake decorators and I envy their talent. Me? I make pie. Really good pie. And that is way easier than any of the above, which is why I'm frequently surprised when I hear otherwise accomplished cooks say they fear pie. So today, we're going to talk about pie and when we're done, you'll know how to make really good pie.
Pate Brisee - This is a standard pastry dough that uses flour, butter, salt, ice water and a little sugar. It can be used for both sweet and savory dishes.
Pate Sucree - this is a sweeter pastry dough that uses more sugar and also includes an egg. It's used for sweet dishes.
|German cheesecake with pate sucree|
|"Rustic" Peach Pie|
2 Sticks unsalted butter, well chilled and cut into 1/2" pieces
2 1/4 Cups all purpose flour
1/4 Cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup ice water
Combine the butter, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a food processor with a steel blade and pulse just until it resembles course crumbs. Slowly pour in the ice water and pulse just until combined and a dough ball forms. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
3 Golden Delicious apples (or other sweet apples)
2 Granny Smith apples (or other tart apples)
1/2 Cup sugar
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon milk
1 Tablespoon sugar
After the dough has chilled, cut it in half and roll each half on a well-floured surface into about a 10" circle. Place one circle on the bottom of a 9" pie dish and pour the apple mixture into the dish. Cut the tablespoon of butter into several pieces and dot the top of the filling. Place the remaining dough circle on top of the filling and crimp the edges for a tight seal. With a knife, make a couple of slits on top for steam to vent.
Brush the top of the pie with the milk and sprinkle with the tablespoon of sugar. Place the pie dish on a sheet pan (to catch drips) and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Allow the pie to cool completely before slicing. Makes 8 servings.