Taking a Bite Out of The Big Apple

I love New York City, and I love Apple pies.

It may be cold and snowy outside but today is National Pie Day! One of our favorite things to buy at the local flea markets and garage sales is iron skillets. There are so many things you can bake with them, and with a little elbow grease and some oil you can make them better than new.
The Hammocks communities are in apple country, so it only seemed appropriate that we shared this easy recipe for an apple pie baked in a cast iron skillet. Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Pie
4 lbs Apples - we like Empire or Granny Smith
2 refrigerated pie crusts
1/2 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare apples by peeling, removing core and slicing into thin wedges. Place wedges into a bowl and toss with the lemon juice.
Put your iron skillet on the cooktop over a medium heat and melt the butter, then add the brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Stir until it starts to bubble, then place one of the pie crusts over the mixture.
Toss apple slices with granulated sugar, remaining cinnamon and allspice, then place in skillet and cover with remaining pie crust. Dust the top of the crust with a little cinnamon and sugar, then place in oven and bake for an hour or so or until the crust is golden brown and the mixture is bubbling at the edges.
Remove from oven and let cool - enjoy!