It wasn’t until the 18th and 19th centuries that Apple Pie became a symbol of American prosperity and national pride. Long before that, dating back to 1381, the English were making their version of what we now call Apple Pie. Because sugar was not easily or readily available in the 14th century, most recipes were made without sugar, and instead made with “good spices”, figs, raisins and pears. Check out the image below, depicting a 14th century “recipe” for Apple Pie.
Luckily for us, Apple Pie has become an American staple and can be found in most bakeries across the USA. There are a wide variety of recipes available to make at home as well, with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchens! Here’s a recipe for our version of Apple Pie that we hope you’ll try at home! And if you just don’t feel like baking, we always serve it fresh right here at Miller’s!
Pie Crust for Miller’s Gourmet Apple Pie
- 2 cups pastry flour (or all purpose flour)
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1/3 cup ice cold water
Place all ingredients, except water, in bowl of food processor with steel knife. Process 10 seconds or until course crumbs are formed. With food processor running, add water. Stop machine when dough ball is formed. Yields pastry for 2 – 9″ pie shells.
*To make without food processor : Use pastry blender or large fork to work all ingredients except water into coarse crumbs. Add water by tablespoon until dough is formed. Do not over blend.
Pie Filling for Miller’s Gourmet Apple Pie
- 3/4 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup for top crust
- 2 Tbsp instant tapioca
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 5 cups peeled, cored, sliced apples (preferably Rome or Delicious)
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup pecan pieces
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 egg beaten with 2 Tbsp water
Mix sugar, tapioca and cinnamon. Toss the apples, raisins, cranberries and pecans in the sugar mixture. Mound into pie shell and dot with butter before putting top crust on. Brush top crust with beaten egg mixture and sprinkle top crust with sugar. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 1 hour. Enjoy! (We like ours with vanilla ice cream!)