A little later my father-in-law approached the desserts area. As he was perusing the caramel cake and white potato pie, another nice woman asked him what he would like. He replied that he favors apple pie. She pointed in the direction of the iron skillet and he served himself the last slice. It seems that in my grandmother's town this pie is not only delicious, but it also has a reputation - a good reputation!
I came to hear about this apple pie while I was enjoying my meal. A family friend stopped by our table to say hello, offer her condolences, and ask us if we got any of that skillet apple pie. My dad proudly said, "Yes!" as he gestured to his piece that was patiently waiting next to his overflowing plate. Of course, being one who is always on the hunt for unique and scrumptious recipes, I took my fork and dived right into my father's precious slice of Iron Skillet Apple Pie. My bite was so delicious that I immediately headed to the dessert table only to find an empty iron skillet that had been scraped clean of all its apple caramel goodness.
My mother tracked down the recipe for me so I could share it with my family back in Texas. They were equally as impressed with this unique and delicious pie. We all love the crisp texture of the crust that floats on a layer of sweet caramel and encases a heap of soft and flavorful apples. Next to a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream it is heavenly. It is also easy to prepare and portable.
The pain of my grandmother's death is still fresh. I know she is greatly missed by many people including her family, her friends, and her community, but I also know that her legacy of family, friendship, and food remains. Next to my desk I have a stack of handwritten recipe cards and stained cookbooks that are a part of my inheritance from her. Over the next months I will remember and I will grieve as I sort though them. I will also add the recipe for Iron Skillet Apple Pie to this precious collection.
Iron Skillet Apple Pie
for the pie filling:
2 pounds Granny Smith apples
2 pounds Braeburn apples
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
for the crust:
1 package Pillsbury pie crust (2 crusts)
1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 Tablespoons white sugar
1 10 inch cast iron skillet
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Peal apples and cut into 1/2 inch chunks. Toss apples with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 3/4 cup white sugar. Set aside.
- Melt butter in 10 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add brown sugar and cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
- Removed iron skillet from heat. Gently place bottom crust into skillet. Spoon apple mixture into bottom crust.
- Add top crust. Crimp edges with a fork. Brush top crust with egg white and sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons white sugar. Cut 5 slits in top crust.
- Bake pie in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until edges are bubbly, top crust is brown, and a knife easily inserts into the center of the pie.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Tip: Place a baking sheet covered with foil on the rack below the pie while it cooks as the juices from the pie will drip down as it bakes.
Iron Skillet Apple Pie
|Peal and cut the apples in chunks. Toss with cinnamon and sugar.|
|Melt the butter over medium heat.|
|Add brown sugar to the melted butter.|
|Stir the melted butter and brown sugar constantly for a few minutes.|
|Remove skillet from heat and gently place the crust in the bottom. |
It will float on top of the butter and brown sugar mixture.
Crust will not go over the edges of the pan like it does with a regular pie plate.
|Add the apple mixture.|
|Add the top crust, crimp the edges with a fork, and brush with egg white.|
|Cut slits in top crust and sprinkle with white sugar.|
Carefully place pie in preheated oven.
Be careful skillet is very hot.
|Remove from oven and begin the arduous task of waiting for it to cool.|
|Hide the last slice to enjoy straight from the pan with a cup of hot coffee!|
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