McDonald’s-like Apple Pie

Karl’s and my anniversary is on July 6. This year, we spent most of our special day in the car. It was filled with lots of love, not really planned or over the top, and so much fun — kind of like our relationship! We were in Pasadena for the weekend to attend a wedding and visit a friend, respectively. I spent the day with Isheeta, who lives in LA and just happens to be one of my best friends! She took me to the Getty Museum and I loved it so much. I couldn’t believe admission was free for everyone.

The Getty Museum Karl and the Garter | Sprig and Flours

He caught the garter! So of course, … I had to put it on his head while we were driving home. 

Stanford Theater

We made it back to the Bay Area just in time for dinner at Tumeric, which is this awesome Indian restaurant in Sunnyvale. After dinner, we spontaneously decided to go to the Stanford Theater. And guess what! They were showing the Wizard of Oz!! The organist in the photo played some tunes before the movie started. What a wonderful day it was.

Cinnamon and Salt | Sprig and Flours Cinnamon Sugar Crust | Sprig and Flours

 McDonald’s apple pie is just awesome. I absolutely love that cinnamon sugar crust and gooey filling!  As a belated two-year anniversary present to Karl, I decided to make him apple pie. He loves McDonald’s apple pie just as much as I do! I didn’t think it was possible, but that’s how I know he’s the one.

Granny Smith Apples | Sprig and Flours Peeled Granny Smith Apples | Sprig and Flours

Although actual apple pieces in McDonald’s apple pie are scarce, I use 7 Granny Smith apples for a full pie. 

Mcdonald's Apple Pie | Sprig and Flours Mcdonald's Apple Pie | Sprig and Flours

Brush the top with a mix of egg and cream, then sprinkle it with some cinnamon sugar.

Mcdonald's Apple Pie | Sprig and Flours Mcdonald's Apple Pie | Sprig and Flours

McDonald's-like Apple Pie
For the crust:
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and diced
  • ½ cup iced water
For the filling:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 7 granny smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
For the topping:
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons cream or milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
For the crust:
  1. In a food processor, combine the flour, salt, sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the butter and pulse until the butter is about pea-sized.
  3. Slowly add the water and pulse until the dough forms.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic warp and refrigerate for at least one hour.
For the filling:
  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add water, white sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Stir in the apples and cook for 5 more minutes.
  3. Take it off the heat and allow it to cool.
To assemble:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425F degrees.
  2. Divide the pie crust dough in half. Roll out half the dough to fit a 9 inch pie dish. Lay and press the pie crust into the dish.
  3. Pour in the cooled filling. Roll out the other half of the dough and decorate the top to your liking. Place over the filling, then flute rim.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the egg and cream. Brush it over the top of the pie for a shiny finish.
  5. In another small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Sprinkle over the top of the pie.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350F and cook for another 35-40 minutes.
If the dough becomes too soft when rolling it, put it back in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.



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