Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving, ya’ll! I went pie crazy this year as my Mom took care of the bulk of our Thanksgiving feast and I, unsurprisingly, was tasked with desserts. I wanted to try a new recipe for apple pie that I had seen in Bon Appétit. My Dad always leaves very strict instructions for apple pies: the apples MUST be super soft. I mean, I don’t disagree. I don’t want a crunchy apple in my pie either.
Queue the deep dish apple pie.
This recipe is definitely more time-consuming and a little more labor intensive, but the end result was sheer perfection. The crust was golden brown and held up against the super decadent filling. The filling itself is very wet – which isn’t exactly the best way to describe it, but soupy doesn’t sound any better and doesn’t do it justice. It’s just so juicy and well worth the extra effort.
Recipe courtesy of Bon Appétit.
Pulse flour, sugar, and salt in food processor to combine. Add butter and process until largest pieces of butter are pea-size. Transfer to a large bowl.
Combine vinegar and ½ cup ice water in a small bowl and drizzle over flour mixture, mixing with a fork to combine. Mix until shaggy pieces form, then knead in bowl a couple of times with your hands to bring together (dough will look very clumpy, dry, with loose bits). Transfer large clumps of dough to work surface, drizzle 1 Tbsp. ice water over remaining flour mixture in bowl and knead again to bring it together. Place on top of dough on work surface. Working with half of the dough, press into a single mass, incorporating dry bits, then pat down to make a ¾”-thick square. Using a bench scraper or knife, divide dough into 4 pieces. Stack pieces on top of one another, placing any unincorporated dry bits in between layers, and press down to combine. Form dough into a ¾”-thick disk and wrap tightly in plastic. Repeat with remaining dough. Chill at least 2 hours.
Do Ahead: Dough can be made 5 days ahead. Keep chilled, or freeze up to 1 month.
Toss apples with brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, allspice, and cardamom in a large bowl to coat. Let apples sit until they start to release their juices, at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.
Let dough sit at room temperature 5 minutes to soften. Working one at a time, roll out disks of dough on a lightly floured surface ⅛” thick. Stack on a parchment-lined baking sheet, separating layers with a sheet of parchment, and chill while you prepare the filling.
Place apple cider in a medium saucepan and scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add pod. Bring to a boil and cook, whisking occasionally, until reduced by two-thirds. Pour off juices that have accumulated in bowl of apples and add to apple cider. Return to a boil and cook until reduced to about ½ cup; remove vanilla pod. Stir cornstarch into 3 Tbsp. water in a small bowl to dissolve, then whisk into apple cider. Cook, whisking constantly, until cider mixture is very thick and bubbling, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly, then scrape over apples; toss to coat.
Carefully transfer dough round to pie dish. Lift up edges and allow dough to slump down into dish (if too cold to be pliable, let it warm up slightly first). Press dough firmly against sides and bottom of plate. Trim, leaving about 1″ overhang. Beat egg with 1 tsp. water in a small bowl and brush over edges of dough. Scrape in apple filling, creating a mound in the center; dot filling with butter. Place remaining dough round over filling. Trim edges of top round, leaving a ½” overhang. Fold edge of bottom round up and over; press together to seal. Crimp edge and brush top with remaining egg wash. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and cut a few vents in top. Place pie on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and chill in freezer 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.
Bake pie until crust is deep golden brown and juices are thick and bubbling, 1½–2 hours (yes: 2 hours!). Transfer pie to a wire rack and let cool at least 4 hours before serving.
If you are interested in creating the rosettes and leaves like I did in my design. Here is an easy photo guide. Just cut out circles of whatever size you ultimately want (here I just used the large side of a Wilton piping tip to make my circles).
Happy baking and I hope you enjoy your apple pie as much as we did!