This Friday’s honey recipe is an apple pie with honey instead of sugar. I wanted to use what was in season – freshly picked, sweet juicy apples. I also added a few frozen blueberries that I picked to add color and zing.
To sweeten this gorgeous baby, I used honey and maple syrup – a perfect combination. These ingredients add an additional layer of flavor and complexity to the pie, sort of a caramel tasting undertone. Also, the stickiness helps to combine all the ingredients into a fabulous dessert (or breakfast)!!
Honey Infused Apple Pie Recipe
6 cups of peeled and sliced apples (try using half tart and half sweet for best flavor)
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Juice and zest of one lemon
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
Easy Pie Crust Recipe
1 1/2 sticks cold butter cut in chunks
2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
6 – 8 tablespoons cold orange juice
1/4 cup milk
Put apples in a large bowl and pour lemon juice over the fruit. Combine honey and maple syrup together and pour over the fruit, then add spices and zest. Finally, add the flour and salt to the mixture and combine. Set aside and then work on the pie dough.
Using a food processor, combine the flour and salt and mix slightly. Then add the butter and shortening and pulse the mixture until pea-sized flour balls appear in the dough. When you squeeze the flour together with your fingers, the floury dough should start to stick. At this point, add the orange juice a little at a time until the mixture starts to form a ball. Dump the mixture out of the processor onto a lightly floured surface and knead just a few times (so that the finished crust is nice and flaky), and make two discs out of the dough. Wrap these in a baggie or other plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Be sure the discs are well chilled, at least an hour. You can even make a day ahead if you want.
When you are ready to make the pie, put each disc between two pieces of waxed paper after the disc has been dusted with flour on the front and back. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to fit your pan.
Put the apple mixture in your pie pan once you’ve gotten the bottom crust in the pan. Put the top crust over the apples and trim the edges about 1-inch over the rim. Tuck the edges of the top crust under the edges of the bottom crust and press the 2 together with a fork. You can even use your fingers to seal the edges. Brush the entire top crust with the milk, and you can sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar if you want. Be sure to cut about 4 or 5 slits in the top crust to let the steam escape.
Place the apple pie on a sheet pan and bake for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees, then turn down the temperature to 350 degrees and cook for about 45 minutes more, or until the crust is a nice golden brown and you can see the sweet juices bubbling forth. It is at this point that your house will smell like a bakery with all the cinnamony, buttery odors wafting through each room. There is nothing quite as nice as the smell of a pie baking in the oven. You can serve either warm or cooled. I prefer warm.
For the presentation, you can top each slice with ice cream, or even a dollop of rich whipped cream with cinnamon and honey added for flavor. What about a slice of sharp cheddar cheese for contrast. Yummy! If you are a honey fanatic, like me, you can even drizzle a bit more honey on your pie slice. I know, I know, sinful 🙂
When I bake a pie, I try to create a memory. Usually, I like to have my favorite music playing in the background. I’m fond of lite jazz. If the weather is very cold, a log in the fireplace is also very nice, along with a glass of wine. This is a good time to just spend time with family to create something together and just enjoy each other’s company.
You can also invite a friend over to spend time together, or just go solo and spend time with yourself. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel afterward. If you are very adventurous, make two pies, one for your family and give one away to someone who deserves it. Nothing brings a smile on someone’s face like a freshly baked homemade pie. So the next time you make a pie, incorporate one or more of these tips into the process. You’ll love how it soothes your soul and make you feel good. Plus, eating this awesome pie will also make you feel good inside.
Do you have a collection of honey recipes? Have you ever made an apple pie with honey instead of sugar? Share your favorite thing to do with honey when you bake. We’d love to hear from you!