Gravenstein Apple Fair Grand Champion John Smith’s Pie Recipe

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Grand Champion Recipe

Gravenstein and pink pearl apple pie


6 or 7 gravenstein apples.

3 pink pearl apples.

1 egg

1 tablespoon Turbinado sugar.

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour.

1 cup of all purpose flour ( for dusting a smooth surface and to thicken filling)

1/2 a cup of white sugar (divided).

1 1/2 cup of chilled butter

(Diced into small cubes).

5 tablespoons of ice water.

2 teaspoons cinnamon.

1 teaspoon nutmeg .

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.

1 teaspoon salt .


-Divide sugar in half .

Add half the sugar , salt , cinnamon,to 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour.

-Mix dry ingredients with a spoon a few times to combine .

-Cut 16 oz of unsalted butter in small cubes( note that 1 stick of butter is = to 1/2 of a cup).

-Make sure butter is very cold( throw back in the fridge if needed to get it cold again ).

-When cubed butter is cold , sprinkling the butter over the mixed dry ingredients and either cut butter into the flour by hand or with a fork (after butter is cut into the flour the mix should resemble small coarse crumbs).

-Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of ice water over the dry mixed ingredients and press mix together just until you can form a fall out of the mix without it falling apart.( do not knead dough for this process and add just enough water to make the mix form a dough ball ).

-let dough rest for an hour or two in the fridge and in the mean time let’s start the apple filling !

-peel all apples and core the seed out , then cut each apple in half .

-slice apples to desired thickness and add remaining sugar , nutmeg and vanilla together in a sauté pan .

-on medium heat cook the apple mix stirring frequently until liquid starts to form from the apple mix , sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of flour and mix well so there are no flour chunks .

-let the apple filling reduce and thicken to almost a sauce like consistency then remove from heat letting the filling cool and reserve filling in the fridge till oat needed .

-preheat oven to 400

-after dough has rested in the fridge for at least one hour , divide dough in half rolling one half for the bottom crust and one for the top . ( I prefer a lattice style top crust but any style you want will work the same).

-line a 9 inch standard pie dish with the bottom crust you just rolled out (make sure the crust is big enough to slightly overlap over the sides of the pie dish).

-add the pie filling to the dough lined pie dish and spread out evenly (apple mix should almost be flush with the top of the pie dish ).

-Roll out the second half of the dough to a desired thickness for the top crust ( get creative ! And cut the rolled out top crust into strips or even use a small glass and press into the doing to make circles to overlap on top of the filling ).

-Once you have the top crust assembled to your liking, pinch the top crust into the overlapping bottom crust or use a fork to crimp the edges together all the way around .

-whisk the egg and with a pastry brush , brush the egg onto the top crust .

-Sprinkle Turbinado sugar over the top.

-bake for 45 mins to 1 hour or until crust is a beautiful golden brown.

-when top crust is golden brown , remove pie from the oven and let rest for at least an hour to become room temperature before serving .