Have you heard the expression “as American as apple pie”? I wanted to see if I could find the story behind that saying, so I did a little searching on the internet. This is what I came across on Wikipedia:
Although apple pies have been eaten since long before the European colonisation of the Americas, "as American as apple pie" is a saying in the United States, meaning "typically American". The dish was also commemorated in the phrase "for Mom and apple pie" – supposedly the stock answer of American soldiers in World War II, whenever journalists asked why they were going to war.
Advertisers exploited the patriotic connection in the 1970s with the commercial jingle "baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet". There are claims that the Apple Marketing Board of New York State used such slogans as "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" and "as American as apple pie!", and thus "was able to successfully ‘rehabilitate’ the apple as a popular comestible" in the early twentieth century when prohibition outlawed the production of cider.
So, since today is July 4th, I thought I would share our recipe for apple pie.
If you wanted to go to the trouble of making your own pie crust & using both a top & bottom crust, I highly recommend Jules Gluten Free Flour to make your crusts. The flour made by Jules behaves most like “normal” all-purpose flour. Just substitute cup for cup in your pie crust recipe or use the one from the Jules Gluten Free website.
I prefer a “Dutch” apple pie, which has a crumb topping. The recipe we used calls for orange juice, which gives the apple filling a unique flavor.
Dutch Apple Pie
6-8 baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp allspice
1 TBSP orange juice
2 tsp grated orange rind
1 9 inch unbaked pie shell (Whole Foods Gluten-Free Bakehouse is what I use)
Fruit Pie Topping
1/2 cup gluten-free flour
1/3 cup butter, at room temp
1/3 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 425. Mix the sugar and spices in a large bowl. Blend with orange juice and rind, mix with apples and pour into pie shell. Combine flour and butter in Topping recipe until crumbly (do not overmix) and gradually add sugar. Sprinkle over apples. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce temp to 350 and bake for an additional 40 minutes.
While I do enjoy apple pie in the fall & winter served warm & topped with vanilla ice cream, I prefer it chilled in the summer. It is the perfect ending to a hot, summer day before heading out to see the fireworks!
Have a safe & Happy 4th of July!