Here’s an idea, America.. this Thanksgiving, make a pie for a neighbor you rarely see or talk to or perhaps have never met! Build a friendship or at least a relationship where you each feel comfortable knocking on the door for a cup of flour or a couple eggs. Let’s all get to know each other a little better, especially the people who may have a secret bomb shelter in case the apocalypse hits.
This recipe is Mr. Rogers approved. Let's show the neighborhood who's boss (but in a friendly way).
First things first: Crank up the oven to 425 degrees.
For the filling:
- 7-8 granny smith apples or other tart baking apples
- 1/2 cup Best Friends Wildflower Honey (or if you're feeling adventurous, Best Friends Smoked Pecan & Cinnamon Honey)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon (or a pinch, if you will) of ground cloves, allspice, and sea salt
- 1 Lemon (for the jooses)
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon of delicious butter
Peel, core, and slice up those apples! Not too thick or thin, please. I know it's boring and labor intensive, so listen to a podcast or watch an episode of Stranger Things while you're doing it. Feel free to use a vegetable peeler or do it grandma's way with a paring knife. Watch those fingers.
Throw together the apple slices, honey, spices, salt, & flour in a large bowl. Taste it after mixing! If you want it sweeter, don't be shy with the honey. We already upped the spice content (because we're obsessed with those tingly autumn flavors), but you do you. Use your pie boss intuition.
For the Crust (Makes 2 nine-inch deep-dish crusts):
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour plus a smidge more for rolling
- 1 1/4 cups almond flour (or almond meal)
- 2 tablespoons Best Friends Wildflower Honey
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter (the good quality stuff! Fatty, fat, fat dense yellow butter) cut into about 1/2-inch cubes
- 1/3 cup ice water
- 1/2 tablespoon of dark rum that's been hiding in the back of your closet for too long (or vanilla extract if you drank it all)
- 1 egg & 1 tablespoon melted butter wash (to give your pie that "award winning" veneer)
- Measure the ice water & rum together, then keep cold in the refrigerator until needed.
- Mix the flours and salt together in a bowl, then cut cold butter cubes & honey into dry mixture until a coarse meal forms.
- Gradually pour and mix ice water / rum into mixture to form moist clumps.
- Gather dough into one big ball, then divide in half to form two individual balls and proceed to flatten them into thick discs. Wrap each in saran wrap and chill for at least 2 hours. Feel free to prepare the dough a day ahead and keep in your fridge overnight, too.
- Time passes... Feel free to take a few swigs of that dark rum.
- Okay! Let's roll out that crust. Pull out a rolling pin or wine bottle wrapped in wax paper or whatever.
- Sprinkle some all purpose flour on the kitchen block and roll, roll, roll! Make your dough blobs look like, you know, a pie crust. Not too delicate, this isn't baklava. Not not too thick, this isn't a giant shortbread cookie.
- Bottom Layer - Lay it on that 9" pie pan, and patch up any breaks with extra dough (believe us, there will be extra dough) and use a knife to trim the overflowing edges. No air bubbles!
- Dump in the apple filling.
- Top Layer - Goodnight, apples. Tuck those babies in! If the pie seems gigantic, don't worry. The filling is going to cook down quite a bit.
- Once again, trim the edges. Cut some air slits (as seen in the photo) or do your own thang. Just want to make sure your pie doesn't explode.
- Use a fork to seal the pie's edges (refer to photo again) or get fancy and fold the dough together like a French bonnet.
- Here's a little secret that a lot of pie recipes fail to tell you: Grab some aluminum foil and cut into long strips so you can wrap it around the outer edges of the pie only! Google image "foil wrap pie crust" to get a better idea because it's hard to explain. This will keep the outside edges of your pie crust from burning to a crisp!
- Do you have extra dough? Told ya so. Have some fun and cut out some leaves for decoration! Make mini honey cinnamon rolls! Get creative. No rules apply.
- Bake the pie at 425 degrees for about 15-20 minutes (every oven is different), then bring it down to 375 and bake for another 30-40 minutes. Feel free to take off the foil wrap in the last 15 minutes if the outer crust could use some extra love from the oven.
I know you're anxious to meet your neighbors, but remember to let that pie sit and cool for at least an hour before you make your delivery. We're not in the business of burning people's faces off.
Proper Neighbor Etiquette: Be kind, be open, and consider bringing the leftover rum to remedy any awkwardness. High fives all around.