I never really realized this about myself until recently but I love sweets - there I said it! And recently the cravings have gotten worse; perhaps it's that time of year?! (yeah let's go with that!!). A few weeks ago I challenged myself to making an apple pie completely from scratch and must say...I'm pretty dang proud of myself! The whole pie turned out delicious and people were raving about it. I used Lauren Conrad's apple pie recipe for the filling and this recipe to make the pie dough.
I'm not going to lie to you, there is a reason you don't hear too many people making pie dough from scratch - it's not the easiest task but so worth it for that flaky buttery crust. This is a home run pie to make over the holidays, and will certainly make an impression. I'd love to know how your pie turns out in the comments below.
I used a pastry blender to blend my butter, flour, shortening and water together. You should have pea size pieces. If you don't have a pastry blender, then two forks will work but I found it easier with the tool.
Cut pie dough in half and roll into two discs, then refrigerate for at least 1-hour.
I picked up these apples when I went apple picking so am not really sure which kind they are. But you should use a green apple (granny smith) when making an apple pie.
This is the pie before it went into the oven. My caramel sauce hardened because I took too long to roll our my dough (ugh!) so I crumbled it up on top of the apple filling before putting the final layer on top. So if yours hardens and isn't necessarily a 'sauce' anymore, it tasted just as good! ;-P