An apple pie is a pie in which apple is the principal filling ingredient. It is often eaten with whipped cream, cheddar cheese, or ice cream on top. It usually is double-crusted, with pastry both above and below the filling; the upper crust may be either solid or from as lattice. across the top. The crust at the bottom is often baked separately to prevent it from becoming soggy.
The pie variation called deep-dish apple pie typically only has a top crust. Apple pie is an unofficial emblem of the United States and is one of the many comfort foods of the country.
Raw, frozen, or reconstituted fruit from dried apples can be used to make an apple pie. Initially, dried or canned apples were only substituted at times when fresh fruit was unavailable. Generally, the filling contains sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Often times, lemon juice or nutmeg in included as well. However, many older recipes do not include sugar.
About Classic Apple Pie
Though consumed in Europe well before the European conquest of the Americas, apple pie is considered a very American dessert today. Apple pie became a symbol of American wealth and national pride in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Modern American apple pie recipes usually indicate a 9-inch diameter pastry in a pie plate, with an apple filling spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. These recipes may or may not have a lattice or shapes cut out of the top for decoration.
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