If Sin Was a Pie, Then this Pie is The Biggest Sin EVER
Happy Bacon Day!!
Yup! That's right...this pie has bacon on the top of it....yes, it is an apple pie. Yes, it tasted so good, it was sinful!! I needed something a little sinful so close to the end of summer...
Tuesday will be my first day back at work...my summer is over and a new school year begins. No more sleeping in, no more staying up late, no more fun...no wait, that's not right. Fun is always to be had, sleeping in and staying up late will happen on the weekends! All is good. This week was much better than the week before.
It was a busy week!!
The show "Wicked" was in town, and it was just that, Wicked!! Amazing!!!
Trips to the gym, Cost co, and just plain getting ready for the back to school season....felt busy, but good.
The Boy and I made perogies (with a cheddar bacon potato filling). He did a fabulous job pinching perogies. Although I don't think we got as many in the freezer for fall as I wanted. Many perogies fell into his mouth as soon as they were boiled! I am surprised he didn't burn his mouth! We had fun and they tasted great.
BBQs went on sale at Home Depot so we upgraded. You know, from no BBQ to one so big it is like challenge to see just how much food I can fit on the grill. We are working on some ribs for the inaugural BBQing. The Boy helped with the ribs as well. I think my kitchen job is in danger!
Now on with the sin....It felt so sinful just thinking of making this pie, never mind actually baking it. I originally got this idea from Karen at Tasty Trials. I had bookmarked this recipe when she first posted it and National Bacon Day seemed like the perfect time to try it out. Now I didn't follow her recipe exactly, I mean how many of us actually do follow the recipe? Karen is much like me and usually forgoes recipes. Recipes are really just guidelines. Once you know the methods, you can change it up.
Sin is In Apple Bacon Maple Pie
Printable recipe here
Pie crust of your choice (homemade or store bought)
14 slices Bacon (10 slices for the top weave and 4 to cook and crumble)
reserved bacon grease
8 granny smith apples
Squeeze lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup maple syrup (give or take)
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup flour
¼ cup white sugar
springform pan (or a deep dish pie plate)
Roll out a thicker bottom pie crust than you normally would. (you want a substantial base for all the apples and bacon.) Chill the pie crust until ready to use.
On a piece of parchment, construct a weave of bacon. Place in a cold oven and turn oven on to 300F. Let the bacon weave bake away until slightly crisp but not overly crispy as it will continue to cook on the top of the pie.
In a large fry pan, fry the last 4 slices of bacon until crisp. Be careful not to burn the bacon or the pan. Drain the bacon on paper towels and cool. Save the bacon fat in a bowl for later.
Peel, core and slice your apples. Toss with some lemon juice. Mix with the brown sugar, cinnamon and flour.
Add the white sugar to the hot pan with the bacon grease and tasty bits to start the caramelizing process. Add in about ¼ cup of maple syrup.
Tip the apples into the pan and cook until caramelly and thickened but you don’t want the apples cooked through. Let the mixture cool.
Crumble the four slices of bacon and mix in with the apples.
When the bacon weave is cooked, but not crisp, remove it from the oven and place it on paper towels to drain.
Remove the pie crust from the fridge and brush the entire surface with bacon fat.
Pour the apples and syrup mixture into the crust and bake at 400F for 20minutes. Check the pie, if the edges are over browning, cover with foil and bake another 10 minutes.
Top the pie with the bacon weave. Brush the bacon with 2 tbsp maple syrup. Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove pie, brush bacon with more maple syrup, reduce oven temp to 300. Bake for another 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the pie, brush again with maple syrup and bake for another 12 minutes.
Resist eating the pie until it has cooled somewhat... you don't want to burn your mouth!!
Serve while in the company of good friends!
I am not going to lie to you....this was absolutely divine!!! Discussion actually touched on the topic of 'too much bacon' (if you can believe it). Suggestions were made of perhaps a litte extra bacon in the pie and no weave on the top....as nice as the weave of bacon looked, it was a LOT of bacon! The caramelly/maple goodness went sooooo well with the bacon. This pie is a must to try at least once!
Until next time, stay warm and eat well!!