Make a few extra batches of this delicious piecrust to keep in the freezer and pull out whenever you receive your next holiday potluck invite or company is coming.
Makes 1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie
- 5 cups peeled ¼-inch-sliced Granny Smith apples
- 2 cups peeled ¼-inch-sliced Honeycrisp apples
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Buttermilk Pie Dough (recipe follows)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
Buttermilk Pie Dough
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 8 to 10 tablespoons cold whole buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 425°. Place oven rack in bottom third of oven.
- In a large bowl, combine apples, cranberries, sugars, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, pie spice, and salt.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll half of Buttermilk Pie Dough to a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a 9-inch deep-dish cast-iron pie plate, pressing into bottom and up sides. Spoon apple mixture into dough and dot with cubed butter.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll remaining Buttermilk Pie Dough to a 12-inch circle. Cut vents in dough with a small cookie cutter. Place dough on top of filling. Pinch top and bottom edges of crust together. Trim to ½-inch past edge of pie plate, if necessary. Fold edges under, and crimp as desired. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.
- Place pie plate on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush crust with lightly beaten egg.
- Place in oven and immediately reduce oven temperature to 375°. Bake until golden brown and filling bubbles in center, 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes. Let cool for at least 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Buttermilk Pie Dough
- In the work bowl of a food processor, combine flour and salt; pulse until combined. Add cold butter; pulse until mixture is crumbly and butter is in pea-size pieces. With processor running, add 8 tablespoons cold buttermilk in a slow, steady stream just until dough comes together. (Mixture may appear crumbly, but it should be moist and hold together when pinched.) Add additional buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed.
- Turn out dough and divide in half. Shape each half into a disk. Wrap each disk tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Dough may be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months.