Most people have heard of Johnny Appleseed. John was a real person. Born John Chapman in Massachusetss in 1774.
The legend, as I recall it from my youth, provokes an image of Johnny Appleseed frolicking from place to place planting apple trees where ever he went. This story, like most, has but a seed of truth to it. Johnny DID grow apple trees, this is true. However, it was for a means of making a modest living for himself and not for sheer kindness. Johnny established and maintained several orchards across the
. He would grow the trees for one or two years and then sell the little trees for 6 cents a piece to settlers. Ohio Valley
Johnny Applesead . . . an early American entrepreneur . . . capitalism is as American as Apple Pie.
For Thanksgiving this year I volunteered to make pies. For the sake of variety, I wanted to try a different apple pie recipe. This is what I came up with and it was rich and warming with the tastes of vanilla, maple and cinnamon. I did good. Nom-dilly-icious!
Vanilla-Maple Apple Pie
- 2 Pounds Granny Smith Apples, Peeled, Thinly Sliced
- 4 Teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 1/2 Cups Water
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 2/3 Cup Cornstarch
- 1 Dash Salt
- 3 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 Dash Ground Nutmeg
Toss apple slices with lemon juice and set aside.
Combine water, maple syrup, vanilla, sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large saucepan, stirring until well mixed.
Bring maple syrup mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves, and the mixture thickens and caramelly.
Fold in apple slices and return to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to stand for 15 minutes before spooning into a prepared pie crust.
Top with pats of unsalted butter and cover with a second crust.
Make sure to cut vents into the tip crust.
Bake at 400 Degrees F for 40 minutes or until
crust turns golden brown.
As an aside . . . an apple peeler / corer is an absolutely time saver!