The Great Apple Pie Project

This is a diary of the project that I've been keeping in OneNote. Here it is, released on the internet world:

On Tuesday, February 26, I decided I wanted to master the art of making an apple pie. If I can find the perfect apple pie recipe, I feel that I will be on my way to great things in the world of baking.

Feb 26: I started the old fashioned way--looking through cookbooks and ignoring the internet. I started in my favorite dessert cookbook of all time, the Family Circle All-Time Favorite Recipes. I found a recipe, but I wanted to double check it against my mom's old standby, the Fannie Farmer cookbook. I wasn't crazy about the way the Fannie Farmer one sounded, so I just made the Family Circle one as is. Wasn't too sure about how to make the crust, so I made it all in the food processor, which I later found out was a no-no. I did the lattice top all wrong, but it looked ok. It came out really well though. I was surprised for my first time.

Mar 1: After the first attempt, I invested in an actual pie dish, because I just made the first one in my round cake pan. So then I searched the internet, specifically allrecipes.com and I found Grandma Ople's pie recipe which was the highest rated on the site. So I wanted to try it but I also like a lot of the aspects from the first pie, such as the variety of apples and the sautéing. So I wanted to incorporate it into the new recipe. Unfortunately, the sautéing made the apples a little too watery for the sauce in this recipe. I also wanted to try out the Pushing Daisies concept of Gruyère in the crust. I searched the internet and got an idea of how to do it. I liked the Family Circle crust recipe though, so I just added the cheese to that. The crust was absolutely delicious. I did much better on the lattice top this time as well. Whereas the first pie was delicious hot and with vanilla ice cream, this pie was good cold and without.

Mar 7: I thought that I had the perfect recipe. The filling from the first pie and the crust from the second. So I whipped one up to bring home to my parents but even as I was making the crust, I could tell something was wrong. It didn't taste nearly as delicious as the first time I made it while I was making it. It had a really harsh taste and I think it was the shortening. I perfected the lattice top this time. My parents liked it but I knew that it was all wrong.

Apr 11: The last pie made me a little downtrodden so I took a little time off from pie baking. Couple of weeks went by and I bought an apple machine. So I decided I wanted to make cup pies to try it out. Also David's birthday was in a couple of days. Unfortunately, he was on Weight Watchers. So I decided to modify my recipe to make them diet-friendly. Also the cup pies are all the same portion which is good for figuring out points. So I made the crust with only 70% vegetable oil margarine instead of butter and shortening. I also replaced the sugar with Splenda. I kept the Gruyère in the crust and was very careful with the food processor. I only used Granny Smith apples. I cut them into smaller pieces and sautéed them. Shoved the crust into mason jars, filled with the apples and put tiny lattice tops on top. They came out delicious! I think I've found it. The perfect pie plus tiny plus healthy equals yayayayay!

I only have picture of them frozen, not cooked.

Lauren's Great Apple Pie Project Winner:
3 Weight Watcher Point Cup Pies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 pinch of salt
2 sticks of 70% veg oil margarine
1/4 cup (2 oz) of grated Gruyère cheese
5-6 tablespoons of cold water

2/3 cup Splenda (or sugar if you don't want it too healthy ;D)
2 tbs cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch of nutmeg
1 pinch of ground cloves
2 1/2 lbs Granny Smith apples (or a combination of mcintosh, golden delicious and granny smith)
1 tbs of lemon juice
1 tbs of margarine

12 1/2 or 1/4 pint mason jars

Heat oven to 450
1. Mix flour, salt, and grated Gruyère in food processor
2. Add cut up sticks of margarine
3. Pulse food processor until margarine is pea size.
4. Move mixture to a large bowl and add 1 tbs of cold water, one at a time, while mixing with your hands or a fork, until dough sticks together.
5. Roll into ball and wrap in plastic wrap, squish into a disc and throw it in the freezer for 30 minutes. If not used in 30 minutes, move from freezer to refrigerator.
1. Combine Splenda, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a small bowl
2. Peel, core, and slice apples. Drizzle lemon juice over apples.
3. Melt margarine in a pan. If just using Granny Smith, sauté all apples for 10 minutes or until soft. If using a mixture, sauté all but McIntosh. Cool to room temp.
4. Combine all apples and toss with Splenda mixture
5. Line bottoms of mason jars with crust, about 2" up from the bottom of the jar.
6. Add apples to the mason jars.
7. Add a top or lattice crust on top of the apples.
8. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Then lower to 350 for another 30-35 minutes.

You can either bake them all at once or pop the prepared cup pies into the freezer. Tada!

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