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Apple Pie with Colorful Pie Crust Leaves
Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Apple Pie
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
 
This Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Crusted Apple Pie may look like it's difficult to make, but with my easy tips and tricks, you too can make this adorable (and delicious) apple pie!
Course: Dessert, Dessert - Pie
Cuisine: American Comfort Food
Keyword: apple pie, autumn leaves apple pie
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 223 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • 6 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced into ¼" slices
  • 3/4 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons for topping
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 9" deep-dish pie shell found in the freezer section or homemade pie dough for 2 crust pie.
  • gel food color yellow, red, orange, green and brown
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

  2. Place the sliced apples, 3/4 cup sugar, brown sugar, salt, flour, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl and toss to coat the apples evenly in the mixture.
  3. Pile the sugar coated apples in the deep dish pie shell and dot the top with butter. Set aside.
  4. Unroll a flat, round pie dough (found in the refrigerated section) press out any broken areas (if needed).
  5. Use the cookie cutter to cut 8 leaves into the round pie dough. Remove the scraps, leaving only the leaves. *Note - if desired place the scraps on a separate baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 until crispy.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until blended.
  7. Divide the egg wash into 5 separate small dishes (or paper cups), and add a few drops of each gel color to each dish. Mix each color thoroughly with a fork.
  8. Use a paring knife to gently score the veins on each leaf.
  9. Liberally paint the leaves with the gel egg wash (starting with yellow) and adding color as you like to each leaf. *Note the colors will intensify slightly during the baking process.
  10. Place the leaves in random fashion over the apples in the pie plate and sprinkle the leaves with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  11. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the pie juices are flowing.
  12. Remove and cool on a baking rack.
  13. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment:

1 - 3" maple leaf cookie cutter, 1 baking sheet, gel food coloring (yellow, red, orange, green, and brown), paring knife, 5 small dishes or 5 paper cups, fork (for mixing egg wash and food color), clean paintbrush, large bowl (for tossing the apples and sugar mixture)

 

The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.

Nutrition Facts
Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Apple Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 163mg5%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.