Hi guys! Sara from Marketing here to tell you about my trip to the Mercier Orchards in Blueridge, Georgia. The lines were pretty crazy for the pick-your-own apple tours, so I settled on a bag of Jonagold Apples for my pie. Traditionally, apple pies are made with a less-sweet variety like a Granny Smith Apple, but in an effort to make a somewhat healthy pie, I picked a sweeter variety so that I could cut the sugar in half.
Now, I am a big Paula Deen fan and have been since I was a teenager when my mom first took me to eat at her restaurant in Savannah. I have all of her cookbooks and treasure her recipes almost as much I do my grandmothers. The following recipe is based on Paula Deen’s apple pie recipe, but modified to stay as local and organic as possible.
I hope yours tastes as good as mine did! Honestly, I’m not sure which was better, the apple pie or the hard cider with peach that I bought from the Mercier Orchards Hard Cider Tasting Room!
Dough and Filling:
- Dough for a double crust 9-inch pie (homemade, frozen, or refrigerated)
- 1/4 cup organic unbleached sugar (3/4 cup if you are using tart apples)
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose organic flour (for the super healthy try using whole wheat flour!)
- 1 teaspoon ground fair trade cinnamon
- Dash sea salt
- 3 1/2 cups peeled apples
- 1 (16-ounce) jar organic applesauce (I was lucky enough to have some canned by a friend who works at Georgia Organics!)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons organic butter, chopped into small pieces
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose organic flour
- 1 tablespoon organic unbleached sugar
- Dash sea salt
- 1 tablespoon organic butter, at room temperature
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Line a 9-inch pie pan with half of dough. Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Stir in apples, applesauce, and lemon juice. Spoon apple mixture into pie pan and dot with butter. Cut remaining crust into strips; arrange in a lattice design (or get funky and use your favorite cookie cutter to make shapes – I used stars!) over top of pie. For crunch topping, combine flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Using a fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over top of crust. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and continue to bake for about 45 minutes, or until crust and topping are golden brown.
Obviously, apple pie is served best with vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!