There’s nothing more American than enjoying a barbeque, watching fireworks, and eating a slice of homemade apple pie. But did you know the history behind the American apple pie? Or that is was one of the first desserts to be made in America. When Americans gained independence from Britain, they started distancing themselves from British culture and this included traditional English desserts like scones and bread pudding. In the 1700s, Dutch and German immigrants taught them how to make the buttery crust and the colonists filled it with sliced apples and spices before it became known as the dessert we enjoy today. A recipe for apple pie was published in the first American cookbook American Cookery in 1796.
- Pie crust
- 1 cup dry rolled oats
- 1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1/4 cup ground almonds
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- 6 cups sliced and peeled tart apples (about 4 large apples)
- 1/3 cup frozen apple juice concentrate
- 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- To prepare pie crust, mix dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix oil and water together with whisk. Add oil and water mixture to dry ingredients. Mix until dough holds together. Add a bit more water if needed.
- Press dough into a 9-inch pie plate. Set aside until filling is prepared.
- To prepare filling, combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Let stand for 15 minutes. Stir and then spoon into prepared pie crust.
- Bake at 425 F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 F and bake 40 minutes, or until apples are tender.