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I grew up in a house where my mom regularly cooked in cast iron. She has a large “dutch oven” type pot and several skillets. I loved watching her prep and stir on the stove top & then pop it in the oven until dinner time. I even have memories of her “seasoning” the pan after dinner. Which if you don’t know cast iron is a silly thing, you wonder why they are heating and oiling AFTER the meal!
As an adult I inherited one of her skillets & recently purchased a cast iron grill pan. Both of which get used quite frequently. The grill pan I use a lot to sear and bake pork tenderloins (recipe coming soon!). And now, strangely enough, the skillet is my go to pie plate!
When I originally went to try this recipe for Thanksgiving, it ended up in the skillet by mistake. I had told my mom I would bring two pies for our family feast & when baking day came I realized I only had one pie plate! My neighbor’s didn’t have a dish I could borrow & with my girls napping I couldn’t run out to the store. So in the skillet it went! Now it’s a frequently requested party item & with how simple it is, I really don’t mind at all!
Original Recipe: Bon Appétit
Cast Iron Skillet
Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 45 – 60 mins | Total: about 2 1/2 hrs
8-10 servings | 479 calories
(printable recipe here)
1 prepared refrigerated pie crust
3 1/4 lbs Granny Smith apples (about 6 med-lg), peeled, cored, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp chilled butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- Heat stove to 350 degrees.
- If you are using a cast iron skillet, I melt the 2 Tbsp butter on the stove top in the skillet.
- While butter is melting; peel, core, & slice apples place in a large bowl.
- Toss apples with sugar, flour, cinnamon, and melted butter.
- In a food processor blend all but the butter in the topping ingredients.
- After blended, add in chilled cubes of butter; pulse mixture until it resembles wet sand.
- Add crust to cast iron skillet, smooth & crimp where needed. Do not stretch it out. (see TIPS)
- Toss filling to redistribute; transfer to crust. In skillet I make it as flat as possible, in a pie pan you can mound in the center.
- Pour topping, packing it over and around the apples. I use a large spoon to place it where I want it.
- Bake pie (on a baking sheet if in a pie pan) at 350 degrees for about 40-60 minutes. Topping should be golden brown (you can cover with foil if browning too fast) and filling is bubbling thickly at the edges.
- Cool to warm, about 1 hour.
- Make sure cast iron has cooled substantially & is cleaned of most of the butter residue before adding the crust. If you had thoroughly pour the butter out & used a spatula you should be golden! If it is still fairly hot the crust will bubble. If there is too much butter then the crust will stick!
- Apple Pie makes a great breakfast the next morning. Should there be any left over 😉
Enjoy this simply delicious dessert! If you don’t already own a cast iron skillet you should ask your family if anyone has one they aren’t using, or purchase one! You won’t be disappointed!
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