Shelly Young’s Best Apple Pie

Shelly Young’s Best Apple Pie

Shelly Young peels apples.
Shelly Young’s best apple pie
By Pamela O’Meara
Photos by Pamela O’Meara
With fall coming and the apple season approaching, I’d like to share an apple pie recipe from the Chopping Block on Chicago’s near north side. Owner Shelly Young, who runs the busiest cooking school in Chicago, demonstrated how to make her mouth-watering apple pie in a cast iron skillet, which she said cooks the bottom crust evenly. Then she gave us all a generous serving of her delicious pie, which was full of thick apple slices, not the goo often found in store-bought pies.
Outside the Chopping Block in Chicago.

. “Pies have two purposes – dessert and breakfast the next day,” she said with a chuckle and offered to give us her recipe.

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Apple Pie
Preheat:                        375º
Prep time:                     20 minutes
Bake time:                    1 – 1 1/2 hours
Makes:                          One 9” pie.
3½ pounds                    Apples (Granny Smith or Pippin), peeled, cored and cut into 1/2” wedges
1/3 cup                          All-purpose flour
1 – 1 1/2 cups               Sugar
1 teaspoon                   Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon                Fine sea salt
1 recipe                         Pie or tart dough

1 1/2 tablespoons         Unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Shelly puts the apple mixture into a skillit

As needed                    Heavy whipping cream, for garnish

As needed                    Sugar, for garnish
1.        Prepare ingredients:
           -Toss apples, flour, sugar (vary amount depending upon taste of apples), cinnamon and salt in a large bowl to mix.
           -Let sit while rolling dough.
2.        Roll out pie dough:
        -Divide chilled dough into two unequal parts (about 2/3rds for bottom crust and 1/3rd for the top)
        -Place the smaller portion of dough in the refrigerator.
-Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and roll out bottom crust to ~1/8” thick, being
         certain to lift and turn the dough occasionally to ensure it does not stick.
        -Roll dough onto rolling pin, lift, and place into 9” cast iron pan.
        -Gently push the dough to fit the pie dish, allowing excess to hang.
3.           Assemble the pie:
           -Add filling to the pie.
           -Sprinkle pieces of butter on top of the filling.
           -Remove smaller portion of dough from the refrigerator and roll into a 1/8” circle.
           -Insert a knife in several places through the top crust to create vents.
           -Place top potion of dough over filling and trim excess crust, leaving about 1” excess.
           -Close crust by folding over and pinching excess or using a fork to crimp.
           -Brush top of pie with heavy cream and sprinkle generously with sugar.
4.        Bake the pie:
                       -Place pie on a baking sheet covered in parchment and bake until filling is bubbly in the center,
                        apples are tender and top crust is golden brown, about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.
                       -Allow pie to cool before cutting and serving.

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About Me Staff writer, Lillie Suburban newspapers Free-lance writer Member, Midwest Travel Writers Association I’ve been a writer for over 20 years at Lillie Suburban Newspapers in St. Paul. I’ve also done free-lance writing – for 3M business and health publications and for a running club and a speech therapy group. My special interest and focus for over a decade has been travel writing – about my trips and those of others in the United States and abroad, and I am a 10-year member of Midwest Travel Writers Association. I have a bachelor’s degree in English from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Michigan. I was an English teacher for almost three years before having kids. Life is good! Writing awards for Pam O’Meara 2015 Minnesota Newspaper Association -- Second place for columns on Selfridge’s in London, Missouri prison, mother’s death 2014 Midwest Travel writers Mark Twain – honorable mention for story on Hemingway in Pamplona, Spain 2013 MTWA – first place – recent travel sites – Fort Bragg and father 2008 MTWA – third place – newspaper story on Hawaii: the Big Island 2006—MTWA – second place – recent sites – South Korea – DMZ