Brown Butter Apple Pie via What Katie’s Baking
I asked (on facebook), you answered! What to bake on a rainy day? I got some weird answers, like mac and cheese and vodka, but the one I liked was apple pie. So, here!
What you’ll need:
(for the pie)
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup yogurt (I used vanilla)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 5-7 granny smith (green) apples.
- 1 unbaked pie shell (I used a graham cracker shell, there’s two, sizes, I got the bigger one!)
(for the crumb topping)
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup cold butter
- Preheat your oven to 400° F
- Melt butter over your stove on medium heat until it browns (this will be hard to see in a dark pan – watch for little bits of brown residue at the bottom of the pan through the melted butter, you’ll see it!)
- After that, let the butter cool. By now your oven should be heated up, so pop your pie crust in the oven to pre-cook according to the instructions. Mine asked me to coat the crust with egg, so I took a brush and brushed the egg white over it and baked it.
- Peel your apples – it’s a pain but you have to! I highly suggest getting an apple slicer too, it’ll save you tons of time.
- With a beater, mix the sugar and egg together. Add the flour, vanilla and cinnamon.
- If your butter is cool, mix that in with your yogurt. Then pour in your apples and make sure they get nice and coated.
- Hopefully you’ve remembered to take your pie crust out. Pour your apple mixture into the pie crust.
- For the strudel-esque topping, use a fork to mash up all the strudel ingredients. I ended up using a whisk later on, just to mash them up so they’re all combined. I know it’s hard to do with the cold butter, but it’s the only way!
- Sprinkle your crumb topping over your apples in the pie crust. You’re allowed to call yourself a pie-fairy with magic crumb dust for the next hour or so, go nuts!
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. As the timer goes, reset the oven for 350° and add another 40-50 minutes (depending on how done you want your pie).
- Let it cool and eat it all up with vanilla ice cream! Or whipped cream. Or share with friends. Just eat it!
Happy almost Autumn! I can’t wait!