I love making apple pie but I have the hardest time rolling out dough. I follow exactly what Martha Stewart does on her show but every time my dough rolls out more like a snow flake than a circle. Hers is a perfect without any cracks and mine looks like a kid had a go at it. Now I don't have marble counters. I have those cheap laminate counter tops that I can't upgrade because this place is a rental. This apartment is like the inside of furnace year round so my counters are too warm and the dough sticks to it. I tried the rolling it between 2 sheets of plastic wrap but that really only works on tv. I was flipping through one of my food magazines and found this recipe and thought it was brilliant. I changed it slightly and I have to tell you it is the best combination of an apple pie and tart. They called it apple pie cake but I thought it was more like a tart than a cake. The crust is flaky on the bottom and the crumb on top is buttery and crunchy. If you too like apple pie but hate rolling the dough then this is what you've been looking for. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
2 c. Flour
1 c. light brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon (divided)
2 sticks of cold butter cut into small pieces
6-8 granny smith apples
2 tbs sugar
In a food processor combine flour, brown sugar, 1tsp cinnamon and butter. Pulse until mixtures forms pea size pieces. You can also use pastry cutter if you want to do it by hand. Press 2/3 of the mixture into a spring form pan and about up 1/2 inch up the sides. Put it in the refrigerator while you prepare apples.
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Peel, core and cut apples into thin slices. I use a tool that does all of this at one time. It is great because it is super fast if you have kids they will love to do it with you. Check out the video of my son helping at the bottom. Toss the apples in a large bowl with remaining tsp of cinnamon and sugar. Put them in the prepared pan.
sprinkle the rest of the crumbled mixture over the top of the apples. place on top of a cookie sheet and bake for 1 hr. or until golden Brown. Let cool completely and then release pan.