A twist on the classic apple pie recipe, red apple pie is made with red-fleshed apples. Pick them up at a farmers market or grow your own to make naturally red-colored pies, cakes, preserves, and drinks. Watch the video at the end of this recipe to see how it's made.
Trying to accurately measure how many apples you'll need for a pie can be tricky. They come in all shapes and sizes so what I do is fill my pie dish with as many as can fit. Then add an extra one. Do the same then peel, core, and cut the apples into 1/4" slices.
Begin making the pie dough. Cut the cold butter into the flour and sea salt using a pastry blender or crisscrossing two knives. Keep working at it until the particles are the size of coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle the water over the mix and mix it in with a fork or spoon You want to incorporate it well enough so that there aren't any pools of water lying in the bowl. Use your hands to squeeze the mixture into a ball of pastry, making sure to get all the bits clinging to the side of the bowl.
Divide the dough in two, leaving half to roll out for the bottom crust and placing the other half in the fridge to keep chilled.
Roll the dough on a floured surface into a circle about two inches larger than your pie pan. Meaning that it overhangs the pan by an inch on all sides.
If you're new to rolling out pie dough, roll on your kitchen workspace keeping the surface, rolling pin, and dough sprinkled with flour. Roll gently and turn the dough by 1/4 turn as you roll it out -- this keeps it circular. If any cracks form, wet them with water and pinch closed.
Roll the finished pie crust onto your rolling pin and then unroll it over the pan. Firm the dough into all the corners and crevices and then press the edges of the dough around the edge of your pie pan. Trim the excess dough from the edges but leave around 1/2" so that the crust doesn't shrink into the pan during the baking process.
Preheat your oven to 200°C/390°F or if you have a fan assisted oven turn it on to 180°C/350°F
Blend the excess dough into the other half of dough you have remaining and roll it out to the same size as the first. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut a pattern. Place the cut out hearts to one side. Roll this top crust up on your rolling pin.
Finish making the filling. Mix the filling's dry ingredients in a bowl until it has no lumps. Pour this mixture over the apples and coat them well.
Pour the mix into your pastry lined pie pan. Press the apples down so that there aren't any prominent pieces sticking up.
Next unroll the top crust over the pie dish, centering the design afterward. Trim the excess dough with a pair of scissors. Leave 1/4 hanging over the edge. Flour your fingers then press the edges together to form a seam.
Brush the backs of the heart cut-outs with water and stick them on the top of the pie crust to complete the design.
Dab a little butter on the pie filling through each hole in the pie crust. Brush the entire pie crust liberally with cold milk. This will help it turn a beautiful golden color.
Bake for about 45 minutes or until the crust is nicely browned and the filling is bubbling up. Cool for 20 minutes before serving. Dish it up with pink and white ice cream and enjoy.