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Whole-Apple Pies
serves 2


  • 6 cups water

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled

  • 1 store-bought piecrust, cold

  • Cream or milk or egg wash

  • ½ pint vanilla ice cream

  • Cinnamon sugar (optional)


Heat the water, sugar, and cinnamon together in a saucepot over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, and the mixture is smooth and clear.  Drop the apples gently into the pot, and weight them down with a small plate and an upside-down pot lid.  Cook over very low heat for 30 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon, and cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 450°F.  Unroll the piecrust, and cut it in half along the diameter.  Pat the apples dry gently with a paper towel.  Place each apple in the center of each half of the piecrust, and fold the piecrust free-form up around the apple. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat the outside of the piecrust in a thin layer of cream or milk or egg wash.  Place the wrapped apples on a small parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet, and bake until crisp and golden brown, 30 minutes.  Serve right from the oven, with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.


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