Monday, April 13, 2009

Bacon Apple Pie: the Recipe

Michael and I first saw this recipe on the internet. When Easter rolled around, we decided this would be the perfect dish to bring to our friends' annual gluttonous Easter brunch. We loosely followed the recipe from the EliCooks blog(http://elicooks.wordpress.com/2008/10/09/bacon-really-does-make-everything-better/ ), and our modifications are posted below.


Serves:

many people, especially because you really have to be a champion eater to make it through a whole piece!

Ingredients:

1 9″ pie crust (we used two premade pie crusts rolled together in a smaller pan so that we could make a large rim of dough to tuck the bacon into)
5-6 medium to large tart apples, cored and sliced (peeled, if you prefer, will make it more like traditional pie filling.)

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp cloves

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 2.5 Tbsp cornstarch

  • 1 Tbsp Scotch (You want something noticeably smoky.)

  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup (fake would be extra gross)

  • 6-8 slices bacon, depending on how thick. (best to just buy a package or full pound- you know you'll eat the rest anyway!)

Preparation:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spread the pie crust in a 8 or 9″ pie pan and leave the overhanging edges.
  • Mix together the apple slices, brown sugar, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cornstarch and scotch. Spread over the pie crust.
  • Pour the maple syrup evenly over the apples.
  • Arrange the strips of bacon over the top of the pie crust in a lattice, then fold the edges of the pie crust over the bacon and crimp.
  • note: The bacon lattice really doesn’t want to stay tucked in around the edges of the pie. We left alot of bacon hanging off the edge. And, we tried to tuck it down the inside of the crust to help keep it together. This is where using extra pie dough to wrap it over the edges of the bacon lattice really came in handy! There is a LOT of, er, shrinkage.

  • Bake for about an hour, until the bacon on top is nicely crisp, the crust is browned and a knife pushes easily into an apple slice. (Happily, these should all happen at roughly the same time.)

Thanks so much to the EliCooks blog for pioneering this disgusting and amazing awesomeness!

Up next: another gym report/repentance!

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