Apple pies are great, but they can have a few too many calories for some diets. If you still want to enjoy this classic dessert, you can make it a little healthier by cutting some of the sugar. After all, the apples themselves add a fair amount of sweetness, so it really doesn't need a lot of sugar to make it delicious.
The apple pie can be on the tart side because of the Granny Smith apples. To add a healthy dose of sweetness, try serving this pie warm with a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt or ice cream.
- For the Crust:
- 1 cup flour (all-purpose)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup butter (chilled)
- 3 tablespoons water (ice-cold)
- For the Filling:
- 2 cups apples (Granny Smith; peeled, cored, and sliced)
- 2 cups apples (Gala; peeled, cored, and sliced)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons sugar (white, granulated)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons flour (all-purpose)
- 2 tablespoons butter
Make the Pie Crust
If making a pie crust intimidates you, don't fret. Give this recipe a try and you might be impressed with your culinary skills.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
- Cut in the chilled butter, using two knives or a pastry blender.
- Sprinkle in the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time into the mixture, mixing with a fork after each addition.
- Using your hands, form the dough into a ball.
- Roll the dough into an 11-inch circle between two sheets of plastic wrap coated with cooking spray to reduce sticking.
- Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes so it becomes slightly firm and uniform.
- Preheat the oven to 425 F.
- Remove the top sheet of plastic wrap from the pie dough.
- Turn the dough over into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray, and remove the remaining layer of plastic wrap.
- Using your fingers, press the dough into the pie plate and flute the edges.
Make the Apple Filling
- In a large bowl, toss the apples with lemon juice.
- In a separate bowl, combine the remaining sugars and flour.
- Combine the sugar mixture with the apples and toss the mixture lightly with a fork.
- Pour the apples into the pie crust.
- Use a knife to cut the remaining butter into small pieces, and distribute the butter pieces over the top of the pie.
- Bake at 425 F for 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to 350 F and bake an additional 30 minutes.