Why did this Russian mom, whose only thoughts about baseball are that the outfits could be a bit sexier and that Tim Lincecum is kind of cute…, why did this mom goto watch the World Series? Well, because her lovely neighbor Amie was bringing an apple pie. Amie’s pie is to die for, and it has an ability to make any game a hundred times more exciting! Since I first tried one of her masterpieces, I was hooked!
My friend Kusum just brought beautiful red gold sea salt from Hawaii , and the idea of this slightly salted dessert was born. Well, it wasn’t all that original – just google “salted apple pie” but I’m still very proud of the outcome!
So, our family drove to an apple orchard, picked some apples, and made this.
SALTED APPLE PIE
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pea-size pieces
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 cup ice water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup fresh heavy cream
- 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
- juice from 4 lemons
- 6 medium to large sour apples
- 1/3 cup raw sugar (castor, unrefined, large granule sugar)
- 2 tbs flour
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 egg, beaten
- raw sugar to sprinkle
- sea salt flakes to sprinkle
Make the crust. Place 3/4 of the butter in the freezer for about 30 min, and keep the rest in the fridge. In a food processor combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add refrigerated butter, pulse about 10 times. Add frozen butter, pulse again till the mixture resembles coarse meal, with some blueberry-size crumbs.
Add ice water, and immediately pulse until water is incorporated, about 10 more times. lay out 2 pieces of plastic wrap, separate the dough in halves, and place each half on the plastic wraps. Bring the edges of wraps together to gather dough. Press into disks. Roll each disk (still in plastic) into 1/2-inch thick rounds. Refrigerate for at least 45 min.
Make the filling. In a medium sauce pan mix sugar and water and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add butter and bring to a slow boil. Continue cooking until the mixture turns golden brown. Remove it from heat immediately and add cream, whisk the final mixture on low heat , sprinkle the sea salt, and let cool while preparing the apples.
Core, peel and cut apples using a mandoline. Sprinkle with juice, sugar, and spices, and toss well. Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C.
Assemble the pie. Roll each piece of the dough into a disk that can fit a 9-inch pie-pan. Line the pan with the first disk. Lay 1/3 of the apple mixture on the bottom and pour a layer of 1/3 of prepared caramel. Repeat the layering two more times.
Cover the pie with the second disk, cutting it through for the air to escape any way you like, or cut the second disk into strips and make a lattice top like mine, pinch the edges together.
Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar and salt flakes.
Bake. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 375°F/190°C. Reduce the heat to 350°F/175°C and bake for another 45 minutes.
Serve warm or cold with ice cream.