Paula Deen is an American celebrity chef and television cooking show host. Her recipes are famous across the US and she has won a number of awards for being a strong spirited woman. Having lost her parents at a young age, and divorced from her husband with two children, she perfected her role as a single mother and started a catering service, after going through a number of other odd jobs. With her two sons, she set up a restaurant, and has since then never looked back.
Apple Pie, a fruit pie, is a traditional dessert with apple as the principal filling ingredient. A popular dessert, it is served with whipped cream or ice-cream or at times with cheddar cheese too.
Most pies have a double crust, i.e. top and bottom crusts, the upper crust being circular or woven crosswise strips.
Cooking apples, also known as culinary apples, include varieties like Bramley, Empire, Northern Spy and Granny Smith. These apples are more crispy and acidic as compared to regular apples. The apples for the pie can be fresh, canned, or reconstituted from dried apples.
There are various types of filling for the apple pies such as:
a. Dutch Style
b. English Pudding
c. French Style
d. Swedish Style
e. American Style
Apple pies were introduced to America by the English, Dutch and Swedes during the 17th and 18th centuries. The use of dried apples was introduced in America for preparing the pies. Apple pies became the evening snack for children.
According to some sources, although apple pies have been eaten since long before the European colonization of the Americas, ‘as American as apple pie’ is a saying in the United States, which means that apple pies are ‘typically American’. In the 19th and 20th centuries, apple pies became a symbol of American prosperity and national pride. A newspaper article published in 1902 declared that ‘No pie-eating people can be permanently vanquished.’ The dish was also commemorated in the phrase "for Mom and apple pie" - supposedly the stock answer of American soldiers in World War II, whenever journalists asked why they were going to war. Jack Holden and Frances Kay sang in their patriotic 1950 song The Fiery Bear, creating contrast between this symbol of U.S. culture and the Russian bear of the Soviet Union.”
Today, most modern American recipes for apple pie usually indicate a confection that is 9 inches in diameter in a fluted pie plate with a central apple filling that is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. The pie may or may not have a lattice or shapes cut out of the top for decoration.
The apple pie has become an icon of American culture.
Today, there are numerous celebrity chefs who have developed their signature apple pies. Though apple pies are supposed to be same, there will be a difference between the signature apple pie recipes of these celebrity chefs.
In this article, we will focus on Paula Deen’s Apple Pie, and learn how to cook this at home, after identifying the necessary ingredients. At the end, we will also include the nutritional values of the pie.
America’s favorite southern cuisine expert Paula Deen who has appeared on many different TV shows and the owner of a the popular restaurant The Lady & Sons had her humble beginnings in Savannah, Georgia.
Her first business was out of her home kitchen with her two sons that quickly grew and expanded. In 1991, she left her kitchen to open the Lady & Sons in downtown Savannah that immediately began to be the talk of the town. By 1999 the restaurant was nationally known and was named the “International Meal of the Year” by USA today. The restaurant is now a borderline tourist spot and features a great buffet.
Shortly after she was put on the map in 1999, she was began to be in contact with the Food Network through Gordan Elliot and Barry Wiener. They managed to have her make an appearance in Doorknock Dinners and Ready, Set, Cook!. These appearances are what launched her TV career.
Two years after she was invited to take part in a pilot for the Food Network that was called the Afternoon Tea. The network liked it and shortly after gave Deen her own show. This is where she went from chef to celebrity.
Paula has won numerous awards which include a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host for her show Paula’s Home Cooking and a Outstanding Host Information or Entertainment Award. She’s also been nominated for Favorite TV Chef.
Paula has been an iconic figure not for only her great cooking but for her mother-like and warm personality that viewers just can’t get enough off.
1. 8 apples – peeled and sliced. 4 Granny Smith and 4 Macintosh.
2. 2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cubed, and two tablespoons cold and sliced
3. 1¼ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon
4. 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
5. 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
6. 2½ cups flour and 3 tablespoons
7. 1 teaspoon salt
8. ¼ to ½ cup cold water, preferably ice water
9. 1 egg, lightly beaten for egg wash
10. Cinnamon sugar for dusting on the pie
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Take a food processor and pulse 2½ cups flour, salt and 1 tablespoon sugar. Add the two sticks cubed, cold unsalted butter. Gradually and slowly, start adding the ice water.
3. Continue pulsing the dough till all the ingredients mix thoroughly together. Make sure that you do not over-pulse the dough mixture, otherwise it will become hard when baked.
4. Remove the dough from the processor and cut it into approximately two equal halves. Pat the two halves into discs and wrap it in a plastic wrap. Keep the wrapped dough discs in the refrigerator for about an hour. Alternatively, you can also keep the freezer for future use.
5. Take a small mixing bowl and add ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, 1¼ cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons of flour. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and set it aside.
6. Take a large mixing bowl. Add the peeled and sliced apples. From the small mixing bowl, sprinkle the spice and flour mixture liberally and toss the apples so that the mixture coats the apple evenly.
7. From the refrigerator, take out one of the chilled dough discs and roll it out on a lightly floured surface. Ensure that the rolled dough is large enough that it can cover your pie pan.
8. Shape the dough to fit the pan, cutting off any excess from the sides.
9. Add the apple mixture into the pie pan, over the dough. Add 2 tablespoons of sliced butter over the apple mixture.
10. Now, remove the second dough disc from the refrigerator and roll it large enough to fit the top of your pie, with an overhang, i.e. the sides of the rolled dough should hang from the sides of the pie pan.
11. Place the second rolled dough over the pan, covering the apple mixture completely. Let the side of the second rolled dough hang over the pie pan. Now, you can crimp the edges to seal the pie. You can add a variety of designs for sealing the two dough sections together.
12. Take a knife and mark four slits on the crust of the pie. This allows for any air to escape from the pie while it bakes, as well as provides room for the melting apple to spread and expand as the filling of the pie.
13. Lightly brush egg wash on the crust of the pie, i.e. on the top of the dough.
14. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar.
15. Place the pie into a baking tray and keep the tray in the oven preheated at 400o F.
16. Bake the pie for 50 minutes or till you find it golden brown and bubbly. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool.
17. Slice the pie and enjoy Momma’s Apple Enchantment – Paula Deen’s Apple Pie.
18. Refrigerate the uncut portions to enjoy later.
Optional: While serving, you can add whipped cream or ice cream with the apple pie. Alternatively, you can also shred cheddar cheese liberally over the pie while serving. Both give an excellent taste that lingers in your mouth for a long time to come.
It makes for a perfect dessert for any family get together or for an evening snack time with children.
Paula Deen’s apple pie recipes – Crunch Top Apple Pie and Savannah High Apple Pie were voted among the 34 best apple pie recipes by www.fortysomething.ca
. Her apple pie recipes are something different to taste, not of the classical type of the Emeril and Mario Batali fame.
Her apple pie dishes are very famous because apple pies define what American culture is all about. Apple pies are generally associated with mom, and having prepared by a Lady, it reminds people of the time they spent with their parents as kids.
The Lady & Sons does exactly this, and Paula’s apple pie recipes have become famous because it reminded people of their childhood.
Let us figure identify the nutritional values of the apple pie.
Serving size: 1 slice (1/8 of a 9” pie)
Calorie per serving: 411
Total fat: 19.38g, representing 30% of a 2000 calorie intake per day.
Saturated Fat: 4.782g representing 24% of a 2000 calorie intake per day
Polyunsaturated fat: 5.174g
Monounsaturated fat: 8.359g
Sodium: 327mg, representing 24% in a 2000 calorie intake per day
Total Carbohydrates: 57.5g, representing 19% in a 2000 calorie intake per day.
In addition, the vitamin intake is as given below:
1. Vitamin A: 2%
2. Vitamin C: 4%
3. Calcium: 1%
4. Iron: 10%