Healthier Apple Pie
Nashua Nutrition is always on the lookout for not only healthy eating recipes but a little bit of history that makes part of the season. What is it about Grandma, Apple Pie and the fall that is so filled with cultural for Americans?
The first known records of Apple Pie come from around 1380 to 1390. It contained very little sugar due to its scarcity and the shell was designed more as a bowl not to be eaten. By 1545 sugar was more plentiful and they invented the edible pie shell.
The 1620’s brought more settlers to North America, which seemed to have only crabapples. Over time, the English settlers brought some of the European fruit with them to North America. During the 1700’s the Apple pie recipes became more detailed with ingredients such as sugar, melted butter, eggs to create a more tasty pie.
By the 1890’s when ice cream became more available, the idea of adding it to the pie before eating was created. This occurred in New York with a Professor Charles Watson Townsend, who consistently ordered Ice Cream with his Apple Pie at the Cambridge Hotel. A fellow diner called it, Pie Al-a-mode. It has retained this history ever since.
It is the fall of the year when the apples are ripe for picking that makes it the perfect time for making apple pie on the farm and has been an American desert staple or over 100 years.
So that is the brief history of Apple Pie. For the recipe, check out the one below:
Healthier Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
“Apple pie is my favorite pie. I make it for holidays and just because sometimes too. I wanted to cut out some of the fat from the butter so I cut it down and eliminate the sugar. It makes it caramel and better for you.”
- 1 recipe pastry for a 9-inch double crust pie
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
- Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work of crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
- Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.
- Nashua Nutrition Admin