Purple pie crust. It’s a thing of beauty. To be honest I had no idea if it would even work! But I knew I had to give it a shot as soon as the idea popped up in my head. And since we have some beautiful winter apples, I figured that would be the best way to go. Because you can never really go wrong with apple pie, am I right?
Some tips if you’re thinking about making this pie, or pies in general. Make sure not to brush the pie with any egg wash if you want to keep the purple color. It won’t be as impressively purple after baking, but as you can see it will keep some of the color! I wasn’t really thinking too much during my first try, so I brushed the pie with egg white.
Needless to say, the pie browned a lot and you could see very little of the purple. The second time, I left it as is (as you can see in the photos) but used a little less (maybe 1 1/2 tbsp.) blueberry powder so the pie came out a lot lighter. Next time, I’ll use more blueberry powder and I might brush it with a syrup right after baking, like I did HERE. I bet that would be delicious and it would also give a nice sheen to the pie!
Blueberry powder is easily accessible in Sweden, where you can find it in super markets and in health stores. I used the brand Kung Markatta, and it gave this beautiful color. Different brands can give slightly different colors of purple/red. The blueberry powder doesn’t really give any blueberry flavor, and it also doesn’t affect the consistency of the crust.
You can totally make this pie without the blueberry powder too! It’ll still be SO incredibly delicious. I say apples and oranges were meant for each other. You can totally use lemon zest and juice too, if that’s more up your alley. Make sure to use apples that are not overly ripe. That’ll make the filling mushy. Oh, and the pie dough can be made up to a day ahead.
If you’re making a very tight lattice like I have here, make sure there are still some small holes for the filling to seep through, or your lattice might puff up during baking and break. And always let the pie cool completely after baking to make sure the filling firms up. If you want to serve the pie warm, re-heat each individual slice instead.
I think that’s about it.. although I can go on and on about pies!