Apple pies are a universally beloved dessert, especially in the United States, where they're a staple at family gatherings, holidays, and even on an ordinary day. However, the best apple pie isn't always baked in a traditional pie dish. Today, we're going to delve into the world of iron skillet apple pies, a delightful twist on this classic dessert that's sure to take your baking skills to the next level.
The Magic of the Iron Skillet
Cooking with an iron skillet is a game-changer in the kitchen. Its excellent heat retention and even distribution make it an optimal tool for searing, frying, and yes – baking. When it comes to apple pie, baking in an iron skillet not only creates a crispy, golden crust but also adds a hint of savory flavor that beautifully complements the sweetness of the apples.
1 pre-made pie crust
6 to 7 large apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter, diced into small pieces
1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
Additional sugar for sprinkling
Preheat your oven and prep your skillet. Start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). While it's warming up, place your iron skillet on the stovetop over medium heat to warm up slightly.
Prepare your apple filling. In a large bowl, combine your sliced apples, granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and lemon juice. Stir everything together until the apples are evenly coated.
Assemble your pie. Lay your pre-made pie crust in the bottom of your warmed skillet, ensuring it reaches up the sides. Spoon your apple filling into the crust, and dot the top with your diced butter.
Top your pie. If you're feeling traditional, you can use a second pie crust to top your pie, cutting a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Alternatively, you can top your pie with a lattice or a crumble topping for a different texture and look.
Bake your pie. Brush the top of your pie with your beaten egg, then sprinkle a little sugar over the top for a beautiful golden finish. Place your skillet in the preheated oven and bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the apple filling is bubbly.
Cool and serve. Let your pie cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to thicken and makes slicing easier. Then, serve your pie straight from the skillet for a rustic, homestyle presentation.
Iron skillet apple pie is more than just a variation of the classic apple pie; it's a baking adventure that combines traditional ingredients with a unique cooking method. The result is a dessert that's perfectly crisp on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, and packed with flavorin every bite. Once you've mastered this recipe, don't be afraid to experiment with other fillings and toppings – the beauty of the iron skillet pie is its versatility and the endless possibilities it offers. Happy baking!