Lesson Plan: Savor the Perfect Slice: The Ultimate Apple Pie Recipe - A Taste of Fall's Finest Delight!

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Lesson Plan: Savor the Perfect Slice: The Ultimate Apple Pie Recipe - A Taste of Fall's Finest Delight!

Grade Levels: 7-12

Objective:
- To teach middle and high school students how to make a scrumptious homemade apple pie from scratch.
- To enhance students' baking skills and understanding of pastry making, fruit preparation, and pie assembly.
- To encourage creativity and personalization in pie crust design and flavor variations.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7-12.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.7-12.3: Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

Materials:
For the Pie Crust:
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
- ¼ to ½ cup ice water

For the Apple Filling:
- 6 cups apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (a mix of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples works well)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes)
- Begin the lesson by discussing the popularity of apple pie as a classic dessert, particularly during the fall season.
- Engage students in a conversation about their favorite apple pie variations and their understanding of the essential ingredients in an apple pie.

2. Pie Crust Preparation (30 minutes)
- Instruct students to gather all the ingredients and ensure that the butter is cold.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt until well combined.
- Add the cold cubed butter to the flour mixture and use a pastry cutter or your fingertips to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Gradually add the ice water, a tablespoon at a time, mixing with a fork until the dough starts to come together.
- Gather the dough into a ball, divide it in half, and shape each half into a disk. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

3. Apple Filling and Pie Assembly (30 minutes)
- Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and place a baking sheet in the oven to preheat as well.
- In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Toss until the apples are evenly coated.
- Roll out one of the chilled pie crust disks on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch circle. Carefully transfer the crust to a 9-inch pie dish, gently pressing it into the bottom and sides.
- Pour the apple filling into the prepared pie crust, mounding it slightly in the center.
- Roll out the second chilled pie crust disk and place it on top of the apple filling. Trim any excess dough and crimp the edges to seal the pie.
- Cut a few slits on the top crust to allow steam to escape during baking.
- Place the pie on the preheated baking sheet in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
- Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for at least 2 hours before serving.

4. Reflection and Presentation (10 minutes)
- Lead a discussion on the process of making an apple pie and the importance of a flaky crust and well-spiced filling.
- Encourage students to describe the taste, texture, and aroma of the apple pie they made.
- Allow students to share their pie creations, either by presenting photographs or bringing in slices of their homemade apple pies.

Common Core Labels Correlations:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7-12.2
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.7-12.3

This easy to make and delicious apple pie recipe has a flakey butter crust and tender apple filling that’s bursting with flavor and perfectly sweet! Instead of adding lots of flour or cornstarch to thicken the filling I cook the juices down into an apple caramel, which holds all those apple pieced together and really amps up the flavor and makes a tasty pie!Full Recipe: https://preppykitchen.com/apple-pie/SUBSCRIBEhttps://www.youtube.com/channe....l/UCTvYEid8tmg0jqGPD ME ON:Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PreppyKitchenInstagram: http://instagram.com/PreppyKitchenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/PreppyKitchenWebsite: http://www.PreppyKitchen.com

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