Upside Down Apple Pie

One of my cooking goals for 2018 is to master pie crust, and what better reason to give it a go than #PiDay? My grandmother tried to teach me when I was growing up, but I just couldn't get the hang of it.   I've relied on boxed crust, but they lack that beautiful, flaky texture of a homemade crust.  I think I did pretty well, though I did roll them out a bit too thinly.   I wouldn't say that I'm a pie crust pro, but I'm definitely less intimidated by the process.

I used granny smith apples, and my Pampered Chef peeler/corer/slicer made prepping them super fast. I had to omit the pecans due to allergies, but that was the only change I made.   Half the pie disappeared the first day, the rest is going fast.  I'm really looking forward to making it again with local apples.

Thanks so much to Coleen for hosting #PiDay, and to all the other #FestiveFoodies for sharing their recipes!  Be sure to check them all out by following the links at the bottom of the post.





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Upside Down Apple Pie
Ingredients
  • 2 cups four
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons shortening
  • 2 Tablespoons cold butter
  • 5 to 7 Tablespoons orange juice
  • Filling
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (omitted)
  • 8 cups thinly sliced, peeled tart apples (about 1/8" thick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Glaze
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons orange juice
Instructions
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening and butter until crumbly. Gradually add orange juice, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide dough into two balls. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Line a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate with heavy-duty foil, leaving 1-1/2 in. beyond edge; coat the foil with cooking spray. Combine 4 tablespoons butter, brown sugar and pecans; spoon into prepared pie plate. 
In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining butter; toss gently. On waxed paper, roll out one ball of pastry to fit pie plate. Place pastry over nut mixture, pressing firmly against mixture and sides of plate; trim to 1 in. beyond plate edge. Fill with apple mixture. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie; place over filling. Trim to 1/4 in. beyond plate edge. Fold bottom pastry over top pastry; seal and flute edges. Cut four 1-in. slits in top pastry. 
Bake at 375° for 50-55 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown (cover edges with foil during the last 20 minutes to prevent overbrowning if necessary). Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack. Invert onto a serving platter; carefully remove foil. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over pie. Yield: 8 servings.

Source: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/upside-down-apple-pie


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Comments

  1. Apple pie is always a winner, looks tasty.

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    1. Good now, but will be even better when I can get apples from a local orchard!

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  2. I love a crust with shortening and butter! And I'm a huge fan of apple pie! This one looks fabulous!

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    1. It really came together great. Gave me a big confidence boost!

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  3. I like thin crusts. And practice makes perfect...so, you'll just have to make another pie soon.

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  4. I'll eat an apple pie ANY way the crust is! I think this looks great!

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  5. This looks delicious! You can't beat an apple pie with a homemade crust! I love making my crust with lard, just like how my Mom taught me :)

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  6. Love your upside down pin!! I love that there is a great ratio of crust to filling.

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  7. Pie crust is definitely one of those things in baking that takes a bit of art to get right. I'm still working on it too! Your pie looks delicious and even more fun that it's upside down!

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    1. It will be so, so hard, but I guess I'll just have to keep making pies to get it right ;)

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  8. I think you have mastered the pie crust and the upside down pie is delicious. I love apple pie and this is a great spin on the pie. A perfect pie for family gatherings!

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    1. It was definitely a win in the pie crust column! But I think I'll have to make a bunch more just to be sure that my technique is perfected :)

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  9. I love this adorable little upside down pie...it sound amazing.

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    1. It was so good! I think I'm going to try blueberry next.

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  10. I love this upside down twist on my favorite pie. I can't wait to make it!

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    1. And you'll be able to use the pecans, so it will be even more awesome!

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  11. Apple pie is always a favorite - and the upside down twist is so fun!

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    1. It really was fun to see my guys faces when I set it in front of them. They were skeptical, but that didn't last long!

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  12. Apple pie like that would surely not last long around here either.

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    1. It's my guys favorite, but this one went even faster than usual!

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