I love this pie so much that I only make it when I know I’m bringing it for a BBQ, family or friend gathering, otherwise I could eat it all by myself. It’s an indulgence but has some bright flavors in there with lemon zest and honey. I do love to make everything from scratch but I have a lot of short cuts for when I am limited on time. Not only do these short cuts remove some of the stress from baking in a small window of time but they allow me to create something delicious in the end.
My short cut here is the crust! Homemade pie crust is not hard to make, it just takes some time in the fridge, roughly four hours or overnight. I’m lucky if I will remember to make the crust that far in advance these days, so my solution is to have pre-made pie crust on hand. They are a HUGE time saver and fail proof. With that extra time you’ve gained from not making your own crust, you can create something unique to you by cutting shapes into the crust or braiding it, etc.
HONEY APPLE PIE
2 Prepared pie crust (from store or homemade)
3lbs Granny Smith Apples (peeled and diced)
1/3 cup Honey
3 tbsp AP Flour
1 large Lemon or 2 small (zested and juiced)
1 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
Pinch of Salt
3 tbsp Butter (cut into small pieces)