I don’t know what it is about the weather that influences my cooking and baking decisions, but this last weekend in Boise was gorgeous, which meant one thing – BBQ!
Actually, for us, when it came to getting outside and grilling, it didn’t mater what the weather was doing. I’ve grilled while raining, snowing and sweltering, it didn’t matter one bit. But, the temps being as mild as they were, and a clear, deep blue starry night overhead, getting outside over a hot fire and burgers, with the dogs milling about, seemed just right for the moment. And, for some odd reason, when I BBQ it also makes me want to throw together a pie? heheheheh….actually we all know that’s a lie as I ALWAYS want to make a pie, I just use that as an excuse so I’m not baking every other day!
I was still riding high on last project – the Strawberry Cream Pie, which was an astounding hit, so I wanted to ride that wave a little longer before tackling another cream pie project. What to make….
Well, the wife had just recently purchased me a cast iron skillet, as I have been yearning to have one after we ‘misplaced’ our old one some years back, so I thought to myself, why not a skillet pie?
I had recently come across a skillet apple pie recipe by Michelle at The Couponing Couple about a week or so ago, so this seemed the opportune moment to try my hand at it, plus it provided a great chance to ‘season’ up my new skillet and indoctrinate it properly to my kitchen!
I had never baked a skillet apple pie but after having looked at the recipe and instructions over at The Couponing Couple, I knew right away that this was something I wanted to try because it was made different than any other apple pie I have tried.
I used my own homemade flaky buttered crust recipe from (Completely Delicious), that I have used for virtually every pie dish, and had that chilling in the fridge hours before I started. I had also previously picked up 7 granny smith’s (the original recipe called for 5-6 medium Granny Smith’s but because I was using a slightly larger skillet, I opted for a little more) as well.
You can find the complete recipe and baking instructions here, however I will point out that the part I found interesting was the melting of butter and mixing it with brown sugar in the skillet, THEN laying the bottom crust OVER that before dumping in your sliced apples. It was a way different method of making a pie than I have ever done, which is what intrigued me the most about this recipe. In any case, head over to The Couponing Couple for the recipe when you’re ready to bake.
How did it Taste?
The flaky butter crust was as consistent as it has always been, flavorful, flaky and perfect!
The pie was also very delicious, albeit pretty sweet. With a cup of sugar mixed in with the apples before placing in the skillet and cup of brown sugar, you can imagine how sweet this recipe is. That being said, it did have a rather unique, but brown sugar/buttery infused flavor that definitely helps this dish stand out among my other pie projects.
What Might I do differently?
Next time I ‘MAY’ cut down slightly on the white sugar mixed in with the Granny Smith’s as again, the dish was pretty sweet, but that is a personal preference. The pie was one of the most flavorful I have made and If you have an iron skillet lying about, give this recipe a whirl in it. You won’t be disappointed.