Do you remember the trip to the apple orchard that I took a couple of weeks ago? That trips was spurred by the need to get the absolute freshest fruit for my mission to bake an Apple Pie – something I had never done before. I didn’t know if it was supposed to be easy or hard to make apple pie, but I know the hardest part is to get the perfect crust (at least that’s what I’ve heard.) I figured that for my first time, I didn’t have to bake TOTALLY from scratch and used Pillsbury’s Refrigerated Pie Crusts to help ensure the perfect pie.
About Pillsbury Pie Crusts
To celebrate all that apple harvest brings, Pillsbury is encouraging families to join in the fun in a number of ways this fall.
Get the family involved in making pies and other treats together. Pillsbury Pie Crusts are an easy base for your favorite warm apple treats. Simply unroll into a pie plate, fill with your favorite variety of sliced apples and filling, and bake! From orchard to oven, Pillsbury Pie Crusts make apple pie baking simple with delicious results.
Once I had my Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts in hand (purchased from the refrigerated section at the grocery store) it was time to find a recipe. I thought that the Perfect Apple Pie recipe looked easy enough and had 4.5 stars out of 500+ reviews which made me think it must be pretty good. After selecting the recipe, I went to work and quickly realized why apple pie isn’t always the go-to pie of choice. Peeling, coring and slicing 6 apples is no joke. Maybe I wasn’t doing it the most efficient way (paring knife to peel, corer to core and slice, then slicing the slices into thinner apple slices) but from the get-go this apple pie became a labor of love.
Thank goodness I didn’t have to do anything with the Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts. I simply let them sit out to room temperature and then went to work. First the bottom crust goes into the pie dish, making sure to press the dough into the edges. Even with my sharp fingernails, the dough didn’t tear or get to thin as it was molded into the proper shape. Next, I filled the dish with the apple mixture, and finally I topped it with the second crust (there are two crusts per box). I used a fork to mush the top and bottom crusts together and then sliced the holes into the top of the pie.
I baked the pie in the oven for about 40 minutes – being tantalized by the aroma of freshly baked apple pie for half of that time. I made sure to cover the edges of the crust with foil after the first 15 minutes to make sure they didn’t burn. I pulled open the oven door and took out the pie with my breath held, waiting to see how my first apple pie would look. It didn’t look bad at all (if I do say so myself.)
The crust cooked up perfectly. It came out a lovely golden brown with totally unburnt edges (yay!) Both the top and the bottom were the right amount of crispness (not too hard or too soft) and they both had a lovely flake to them. Between the four of us, the pie lasted less than a day. My fellow testers were impressed that I was able to make such and edible pie.
I have to give credit to both Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts and the Pillsbury Perfect Apple Pie recipe for helping to increase my kitchen cred. I’m sure that had I tried to make the pie crust on my own, the outcome would’ve been very different. I don’t even have a rolling pin.
Visit Pillsbury Online
- Visit the Pillsbury Website
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- Download a coupon for $0.50 off a package of Pillsbury Pie Crusts
The WiC Project Pillsbury Pie Crusts Giveaway
One winner will receive a Pillsbury “Love the Pie” prize pack which includes a VIP coupon for a free sample of Pillsbury® Refrigerated Pie Crusts, a pie dish, and apple themed kitchen items.
- In the comments below, let me know one of your family’s fall harvest rituals ( such as going apple picking or baking a pie with freshly picked apples, etc.)
- For one bonus entry, “Like” Pillsbury’s “Love the Pie” on Facebook or follow Pillsbury’s “Love the Pie” on Twitter. Feel free to let them know The WiC Project sent you. 🙂
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Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST, November 15, 2010.
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Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experience may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive free products, information, and giveaway items from Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.