RECIPE: Chai Spiced Apple Pie

prep time: 20 mins  |  cook TIME: 50 mins   |  servings: 8-10   |   FROM NORDICWARE


  •  pie crust:
  •  4 cups flour
  •  ½ tsp salt
  •  1½ cups shortening
  •  3/4 cup cold water
  •  1 tsp vinegar
  •  1 egg
  •  filling:
  •  8 cups granny smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  •  ¾ cup brown sugar
  •  ½ cup sugar
  •  ½ cup flour
  •  2 tsp ground cinnamon
  •  1 tsp ground ginger
  •  ½ tsp ground cloves
  •  ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  •  ½ tsp cardamom
  •  2 tbsp lemon juice
  •  1 tsp vanilla
  •  2 tbsp butter
  •  1 egg, whisked in small bowl


  1. Start by preparing the crust. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut shortening into flour until mixture forms into small pieces. In another small bowl, whisk together water, vinegar and egg until well blended. Pour liquid into flour mixture and stir together with fork until dough comes together. Be sure not to over mix. If the dough seems too dry and crumbly when forming into a disk, add a tablespoon of water, one at a time, until you achieve the right consistency. There should still be some dry crumbs around the edges. Knead dough with hands and divide into two circular, flat disks. Place both disks in plastic bags and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours for the best results.
  2. When the dough is ready to be rolled out, lightly flour a large surface and rolling pin. Take one disk and roll out evenly to make a 12-inch circle to fit a 10 inch pie pan (crust should be 1/8-1/4 inch thick). Carefully roll dough around rolling pin and transfer to pie pan. Line bottom of the pan and cut excess dough from the edges. Place pan in refrigerator while making the filling.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine sliced apples, sugars, flour, spices, lemon juice, and vanilla in a large bowl. Pour into pastry-lined pan. Cut butter into small pieces and dot the top of apple mixture.
  4. Roll out second disk of dough on floured surface into a 12-inch circle. Sprinkle flour generously on Pie Top Cutter and press firmly into the center of the dough. Lift to reveal cutouts. Roll cutout crust around rolling pin and transfer to the top of the pie, centering the designs. Cut extra dough from top crust and flute pan by pinching top and bottom crusts together. Add additional dough cutouts if desired. Whisk an egg in a small bowl and brush egg onto pie crust. Add an additional shield edge to the pie crust with a long strip of foil, about 4 inches wide. Bake for 50-70 minutes until crust is golden brown and apples soft, removing the foil for the last 10 minutes. Let pie cool before serving with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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