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Upside Down Apple Pie

Apple pie is a perennial favorite, and this simple version will entice you to make it often. If possible, use an all-butter puff pastry, such as Dufours.

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Ingredients

  • Butter for greasing the pan, softened
  • 4 large Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 sheet (about 8 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • vanilla ice cream to serve (optional)

Serves 6 to 8

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Generously grease the bottom and sides of an 8-inch or 9-inch cake pan with softened butter. Line the bottom of the pan with a round of parchment paper and grease the top of the paper.
  3. Peel, core and cut each apple into 10-12 slices.
  4. Combine the sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add the apple slices and toss well to coat all slices with the mixture.
  5. Arrange a neat layer of apple slices in the bottom of the pan, and then add all other slices on top. Cut the 2 tablespoons of butter into small pieces and dot the apple slices all over with the butter pieces.
  6. Roll out the pastry to 1/4-inch thickness (see video demonstration:  Rolling Pastry)  and cut a circle that is about one inch larger than the cake pan. Drape the pastry circle over the apples and tuck the edges of the pastry inside the pie pan.
  7. Bake the tart for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until pastry is golden.
  8. Remove from oven and let rest for about 2 minutes. Place a large serving plate over the cake pan and invert the cake pan onto the plate.
  9. Remove the parchment paper and serve the pie warm with vanilla ice cream, if you like.

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