Happy Thanksgiving! Today we are celebrating with a few other expat families here in England. It is my families first time to celebrate in three years and I am really looking forward to it! While my husband was in charge of the turkey and stuffing I have been busy making a pie. What I love most about this apple pie is I use coconut oil to make the crust. On this day of Thanksgiving I am going to be sharing my recipe so you can enjoy it too!
5 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vinegar
2 cups of coconut oil
1 egg, slightly beaten In a standard measuring cup and filled with water to make one cup liquid.
Directions: Mix flour, salt and sugar. Add in the coconut oil which should be in its liquid consistency. Then combine this mixture with the egg-water and vinegar. This will make a soft dough that is easy to handle and will not break or crumble while rolling. This should be enough dough for 3 double crust pies. However for this pie pictured below I cut halved the recipe and used it to make one double crusted pie with all the details you see below.
Once your crust is mixed wrap up in cling wrap and put in the fridge to chill while you work on the filling.
To start I peeled the skin from the apples, cored them, and then sliced them up into a bowl. I then sprinkled the three listed ingredients over the apples and shook them in the bowl until well mixed. I will state there are a two things I added for flavour as my secret ingredients that I cannot share. But feel free to experiment and make this pie your own.
You can then take out the pie dough and start rolling it out with your rolling pin (i used a pint drinking glass before we bought our rolling pin if you need an alternative). Make sure when you are working on the bottom layer you make it much larger than the circle of the pan to take in account for the sides and a little overhang. Do not cut off the overhang yet. Press out any air by pushing the dough into the pie pan. You can now fill it with your apple mixture.
For the top layer you can simply repeat with just placing the crust on top, sealing it around the sides with a fork, and making a few air holes for the steam in the middle. Or you can be creative like me. I decided to make a lattice, add a braided border, add leaves where the plaits met, and a heart in the center. Then take a little egg and milk mixture, and brush over the top. Sprinkle with some icing sugar and you are set to go!
You will want to have your oven preheated at gas mark 6 and put the pie in for 15 minutes. After the fifteen you can lower the temperature to gas mark 4 for a remaining 25 minutes.