To make his apple pie, Scott Wheatfill, the pastry chef at Las Vegas’ Bouchon restaurant, uses a pure apple butter made with only the fruit and a splash of cider. Slow-roasting the apples concentrates their sweetness and cooks off excess moisture, creating a sauce that is thick enough to stick to a spoon when it’s held upside down.
- 18 semisweet apples, such as Fuji, peeled, quartered, and seeded
- 6 tbsp. unsweetened apple cider
- Heat oven to 375°. Spread apples in a single layer on greased baking sheets; bake, stirring and rotating baking sheets occasionally, until apples are dark and caramelized, about 3 hours. Let apples cool slightly, then transfer to a blender. Add apple cider, and purée, scraping down sides as needed, until mixture is completely smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 month.