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I had the idea quite some time ago, after enjoying a chocolate croissant at Le District, to make the traditional apple pie using this complex pastry dough. I approached the bakers at Le District, and they graciously agreed to help me in the test kitchen. Chef Andrea Hidano was the chief baker on the project.
We spent three days in the test kitchen. The final iteration had that flaky chewy crust of complicated French pastry dough I was seeking. The apple filling was from my mother’s 1958 recipe, which is not too tart, and more sugary and cinnamony.
This is groundbreaking stuff, folks. No one has ever done this before (Well, perhaps I exaggerate a bit. I am sure that somebody has done this somewhere, but not in Manhattan or Central Ohio, recently. I looked.)