In honor of National Apple Day, October 21, 2011, this examiner has created a recipe to honor Vermont’s, if not the nation’s favorite fruit.
As well as, a company and a product almost equally beloved and recognized around the world.
Coca-Cola, can be purchased anywhere, of course. Generally, I buy it at Hannaford or Price Chopper.
6 cups apples, a blend is best for flavor and texture.
Today this examiner used:
1 large Crispin from Price Chopper
2 small Granny Smiths from Hannaford (texture)
2 small Macintosh, I picked myself at Hackett’s Orchard. (flavor)
1 Ready-made pie crust package (2 crusts)
Feel free to make your own crust from this Foodnetwork.com recipe.
¼ teaspoon salt
Juice and zest of one lemon
½ cup Coca-Cola sauce (recipe below)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 – 2 tablespoons of butter
¼ cup Hood milk
1 – 2 tablespoons brown sugar
Make Coca-Cola sauce the day prior for best results.
In a small saucepan bring to boil 1 cup Coca-Cola, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and 1 tablespoon Cabot butter.
If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice ( a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, mace & allspice), cinnamon or any combination of the above, is fine.
Boil 2 minutes while stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Continue stirring as needed. Volume should reduce by half.
Cool. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Method for pie:
Follow package directs for pie crust. Heat oven to 425’F.
Wash and peel apples with paring knife other peeling tools. Thinly slice apples and put in mixing bowl. Add lemon juice to retain color.
Stir Coca-Cola sauce, lemon zest, salt and cornstarch into apple slices.
Arrange apple slices on top of bottom pie crust, mounding in the center. Dot filling with butter.
Cover pie with top crust. Make air vents and crimp decoratively around edges. Here, I used a small fork, pressing the dough together.
Brush a small amount of milk on top crust. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
Place on pie plate on baking sheet in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cover with aluminum foil or pie guards to prevent browning.
Lower heat to 375’F and continue baking for 30 minutes more, till crust is golden and fruit is bubbling.
Cool slightly as desired. Makes 6 to 8 servings. Enjoy with Cabot Cheddar, Ben & Jerry’s vanilla ice cream or Cabot whip cream.
Here’s to a new American favorite! Look for my future articles featuring Coca-Cola, American icon and in the neighborhood.
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