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November 4, 2008

Election Day Apple Pie

Election Day Apple Pie: Baked

For election day I wanted to do something that was the epitome of Americana and you just can't get more American that apple pie! Apple pie is just one of those quintessential American dishes that you'll find time and time again across America. As I type this the smell of the warm pie is wafting up through the house and it just screams America!

Apple pie, while delicious, is also extremely easy to make. I wanted to play around with my normal recipe a bit, so I tweaked it and what you see here is the result. It's luscious, cinnamony and oh so delicious! Warm or cooled, this pie will definitely win raves! You could even pair it with some vanilla or caramel ice cream for an even bigger treat, but over all what's better than a little all time American traditional food, using in season local ingredients, on election day all with a message baked right in? ;oP

So if you haven't already, don't forget to get out there today and vote! :o)

Election Day Pie: Vote

What You'll Need:
1 double pie crust (Note: I actually bought crust for this pie, but you can make it from scratch if you prefer. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.)
5 apples, cored and chopped (Note: I used 4 Golden Delicious apples and 1 Fuji apple. There is no need to peel the apples, unless you just want to add an extra step for yourself! ;oP)
2 tablespoons of cinnamon (Note: I adore cinnamon. If you aren't as fond of it as I am, then you can use 1 tablespoon instead.)
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon of vanilla powder (Note: You can omit this if you want. This was new addition that I have been wanting to try and I must say I liked the little kick it gave!)
1 cup of natural brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 cup of unbleached all purpose flour
1 egg, beaten
Organic cane sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Press pie dough into a pie dish and set aside.

Election Day Pie: Apples

Place chopped apples in a large bowl.

Election Day Pie: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Add cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla powder, brown sugar, salt and flour and toss to coat.

Election Day Apple Pie: Ready for Top Crust

Pour apples into the pie dish. (Note: They may stand up a bit over the edge of the dish...This is ok.)

Election Day Apple Pie: Ready for Egg Wash

For the top crust you can do it one of two ways: 1) You can place the dough on top and use a knife to make vent holes or 2) You can cut out a shape(s) with small cookie cutters and then place the dough on top. Once dough is on top, crimp the edges to seal the pie and place it on a baking sheet.

Election Day Apple Pie: A Slice

Next brush the top of the pie with egg and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 30-40 minutes until pie is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Election Day Apple Pie: A Bite

Notes: I know some people like raisins in their apple pie (me not so much) so if that sounds good to you, you could add in 1 cup of raisins as well.

Election Day Apple Pie:

So if you haven't voted yet, what are you waiting for? Go on! Go vote! ;o)

Posted by Dianne at November 4, 2008 7:16 AM

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I early voted last Friday. And Brianna said they got to vote in her kindergarten class yesterday. =) Your pie looks fabulous--apple pie is my favorite.

Posted by: Di at November 4, 2008 10:50 AM

I voted a couple of weeks ago by absentee ballot. I figured it would be easier than having to stand in a long line with Miss G and keep her entertained!

I love apple pie too, but my favorites are cherry and chocolate. Apple pie is probably 3rd for me. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at November 4, 2008 12:26 PM

What a great idea for the crust!

Posted by: Jodi at November 4, 2008 12:30 PM

Very cute! :)


Posted by: Michelle at November 4, 2008 4:49 PM

Barack Obama is thinking about pie, too.

Too bad I won't get home in time to make one. Maybe this weekend.

Posted by: Tommy Williams at November 4, 2008 5:45 PM

Thanks Jodie and Michelle!

Tommy, thanks for sharing that video! I hadn't seen that speech. Hope you enjoy the pie if you do make one! Can't wait to see the election results this evening!

Posted by: Dianne at November 4, 2008 6:14 PM

This is awesome. Gorgeous photo!

Posted by: Rebecca at November 4, 2008 8:45 PM

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