Recipe: Easy Apple Pie

What better dessert situation could you imagine for yourself at this time of year?

Well, there are two reasons why this is a perfect dessert right now…

One– Apples are in their prime. Just go to the grocery store right now and buy an apple. It will be glorious.

And two, it’s cold as crap outside. Apparently the weather has been pretty crazy recently all over the country, bridges covered in ice, tons of snow… work is being cancelled for so many lucky individuals right now. LA doesn’t stop for anything.

Oh, actually, and three… It’s absolutely phenomenal. From the cutting of the pie to the last bite on your plate, you’ll enjoy every second of it’s presence. Not to mention, it’s easy as pie. Literally. If you’re not good at baking or cooking, I promise you can do this. These are great for goodies for your neighbors or friends. I’ll generally throw five or six of these babies together and deliver them personally since they’re so easy, amazing and thoughtful. I’ve even taught boys how to make this and they’re obsessed.

Anyways, today was a pretty swell day. I slept in until eleven, cleaned the house, and posted myself in front of my computer. I just finished my finals, and it’s the weekend. Yippee! What better way to celebrate than with a fresh apple pie?!

Easy Apple Pie
8 slices of pie, takes 15 minutes of prep time and an hour to bake

3-4 Granny Smith Apples, sliced thin
3/4 cup of white sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 lemon (for squeezing)
1/2 cup of butter, softened (not melted!)* (or a dairy-free butter substitute)
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup of brown sugar
Pre-made pie crusts* (or a vegan pie crust, store bought or home-made)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Dust a 9 inch pie pan with a light layer of flour (to prevent sticking) and line with one of the pie crusts. Fill the pie with all your pre-sliced apples so it is just mountain-ing over the top of the pan. Sprinkle the white sugar and spices on top of the apples. Squeeze your lemon over the apples as well, watching for seeds. In a separate bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar, and flour until it forms a crumb-like mixture. If it seems to runny, add a tablespoon or two each of flour and brown sugar. Cover the pie with this evenly.

Lastly, there are two ways you can top it off. Easy way– just put the other pie crust on top. Fancy way- cut strips from the second crust and criss-cross them on the top of the pie (as seen above). For both, trim all the edges of excess pie crust and press the two crusts together using a fork or your thumb. Put the pie in the oven for 15 minutes, then turn down the heat to 350 degrees and allow to bake for 45 more minutes.

Enjoy with creamy vanilla ice cream while it is fresh out of the oven! :]

Nom, nom, nom.

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