Over the weekend I went to my parents and gathered some fruit. They have awesome fruit trees and I ended up bringing home probably about 20 apples. Well, naturally these come with fruit flies so I was going nuts! Yuck! So, what do you do with an abundance of apples and have a desire to get rid of the fruit flies? Why you make apple pie, of course.
It hurts when I have to make something with a ton of sugar in it so I thought I would attempt a low sugar version. I ended up cutting the sugar by 1/3 than what is typical and it ended up tasting quite delicious. I know I’m supposed to be on a 30 days sugar free thing but c’mon, if you make an apple pie you clearly have to taste it. I ended up having half of a piece and now I need to go back to the no sugar thing. I’ll probably have to call it “30 days sugar free, minus a couple days.” 🙂
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 stick butter
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 9 tbsp ice water
Directions: Put the flour in a large bowl and then cut in the (room temperature) butter. Once the butter has been cut in to form little pebbles, put in 9 tbsp of water – mixing occasionally as you add more. Once they’re added in mix until it starts to mostly stick together. You’ll likely have to squeeze some of it together by hand to get it sticky. Once that’s all mixed together, place aside. [Typically you’re supposed to put it in the fridge for 2 hours to overnight, but I’m impatient. :)]
- 8-9 small to medium size apples, cut into slices (I used sweeter apples as opposed to sour). You could even had in a few more and it would make a really plump pie – I wish I had done that.
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp corn starch
- 2 tsp water
Directions: Take your sliced apple and place into a large pot that you can stir them well in. Turn the burner on medium and mix in the brown sugar. As they get warm you’ll notice the apples starting to get slightly juicy. About 5 minutes into warming them pour in the cinnamon and mix well. Once that’s mixed well take the 2 tsp corn starch and mix in a small bowl with the 2 tsp water – pour into apple mixture. This step is important due to not using as much sugar – you need something to thicken the apple juices. Once that’s mixed well, set aside.
Take pie dough and split into 2 pieces. Roll out one half and place in pan. Put apple mixture into the pie pan with the crust and then set aside. Roll out the other half of the dough and lay over top of the pie. You’ll have to cut off excess around the edges, with about an inch left hanging over. Once that’s done roll the edges into the pie and then cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes and then take off aluminum foil. Bake another 5-10 minutes or until crust starts browning. Remove from oven and place pan on rack.
And there you have it, a nice low sugar apple pie recipe.
By the way – does this slice of pie look slightly like a cartoon evil duck face? For some reason I think it does… or maybe a dinosaur. 🙂