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  • Pie Crust:
  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Filling :
  • 5 or 6 large cooking apples
  • 1 Tbsp of lemon juice (to toss with the sliced apples so they don't brown as you slice them)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat ( or all purpose flour) for thickening
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Egg yolk and cream
  • For the salted Caramel:
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 1½ tsp. sea salt
  1. Preheat oven 375F.
  2. Whisk together 2½ cups of flour, salt, and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Add the cubed butter and use your clean dry hands to toss to coat with the flour. Work the butter into the flour with your hand. Make a well in the center and add the sour cream to it. Work the buttered flour and the sour cream into each other until the dough begins to clump. Separate the dough mixture into 2 equal sized piles and work each one first into a ball, and then into a disk. Sprinkle with flour and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour before rolling out.
  3. While the dough is sitting in the refrigerator peel, core and slice the apples. As you cut your apple slices, add them to a large bowl and sprinkle them with a little lemon juice to help keep them from turning brown.
  4. Combine sugar, flour and spices in a bowl. Add the flour mixture to the apple slices and use your hands to distribute the flour through the apples so they are well coated. Then sprinkle with vanilla extract and stir to coat all the apples.
  5. Remove one crust disk from the refrigerator. Let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Roll a round shape or rectangle shape ( I made two medium size pie, one round, one rectangle shape)of the dough.
  6. Place the rolled dough on a parchment paper on a baking sheet and add apples in the middle. Fold the edges on the apples and press it down with your fingers.
  7. If you choose to make a rectangle shape, you can make it look nice with cutting a few stripes of the dough and lay those stripes across the top of the pie.
  8. Mix the egg yolk and cream together and brush the pie with it.
  9. Bake it until pie crust is nice, golden brown.
  10. Salted Caramel:
  11. Combine the sugar, water and lemon juice over medium heat. Cook until the mixture bubbles and turns a golden color, about 10-12 minutes. Stir the sugar with a wooden spoon during the first 2 to 3 minutes of cooking; do not stir after this point, instead swirling the pan to ensure even cooking. Watch the caramel very carefully, and as it will go from amber colored to burned in a few seconds.Remove the pan from the heat and immediately add the cream very carefully as the mixture will bubble. Stir until the sauce is smooth.Stir in the salt and let cool until just warm.
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