An apple pie has been a favorite of many people for years, even across cultures and time periods. An apple pie seems to be one of those truly American foods that have lasted throughout the ages and generations. The pie itself has a long history of healthy benefits. It was known as a “dieter’s delight” because it was often reduced calorie and low fat food. As an apple pie became a popular food in America, it also became synonymous with weight loss.
An apple pie is usually a flaky pie where the main filling ingredient is apples. It’s most often served with apples, cider, or frozen fruit. It’s usually double-crust, with baked pastry on top and filling on the lower crust; the lower crust can be flaked or filled with apples, cake mix, or other ingredients. These days, baked apple pie is very popular. However, it’s not clear whether this is because of health claims on the packaging or because it tastes good. Here are some facts and ideas about the healthiness of this classic American dessert.
Apple pie is made by baking a pie crust with apples, sugar, butter, and vanilla ice cream. In older times, this pie was also baked with walnuts instead of apples. In fact, black walnut baking is sometimes used as a recipe for apple pie. This allows the filling to have a richer, darker color than is the case with apples and therefore gives it a richer flavor. It may also help prevent tooth decay by reducing the content of the acid in the baking crust.
To make an apple pie, you need a rolled-out dough of two teaspoons of flour and one tablespoon each of brown and white sugar. You should also add three tablespoons of prepared or whole milk, a half teaspoon of vanilla, and half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Cover the bottom of a non-stick frying pan with aluminum foil and preheat it to 350F. Use a pastry brush to work the sugar and brown sugar into the dry dough until it becomes supple.
Once the fat has been dissolved, and the prepared dough begins to form, spoon the cooled, wet ball of dough into your pastry bag with an open end. Add four teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and four cups of water. Using a fork, turn the ball of dough out onto a clean surface. Make sure the apples are touching but not touching, each other. Bake for about one hour, or until the apples are darkly colored.
When the pie has cooled, remove it from the oven and let it sit for about ten minutes to cool off. Once it has cooled completely, allow it to cool off in the refrigerator. It is time to clean up! Unwrap the chilled, preheated, baked apple pie and place it in your serving dish. Top off with some homemade whipped topping if you wish. Place the pie on the table, cover with a decorative plate and serve!
Store leftover apples in a covered container in the freezer. When you need them, take out the plastic wrap and thaw it in your bowl of warm water. Use aluminum foil to cover the uncovered portion until it is ready to serve. If you do not have an aluminum foil lined bowl, you can use another container that will keep the apple pie cold.
A quick trip to your favorite grocery store will uncover even more uses for the apples you have stored in your apple pie zippered container. You can make apple cider vinegar ice cream using the apples and a couple of teaspoons of vanilla ice cream. Just mix together the apple slices with the yogurt and then pour over your ice cream. You can even substitute orange juice for the apple cider vinegar if you do not like the strong taste of the apple cider vinegar.