MASTERCHEF Champ Christine Ha Shares her 'Humble Apple Pie' Recipe
Christine Ha is not only a MASTERCHEF champion, but also an inspiration to millions. Having been declared legally blind in 2007, she proved that with talent and hardwork, no obstacle is too difficult to overcome. In fact, as she shared when I recently spoke with her, Christine's victory inspired Alexander Weiss to audition for, and eventually win, the first season of MASTERCHEF JR.
In addition to having her own cooking show, FOUR SENSES, Christine released her first cookbook "Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food" last year, and this November, she will be a part of the first ever MASTERCHEF Cruise. For more information on this one of a kind vacation, visit their website.
When I spoke with Christine, she agreed to share some of her favorite recipes with our BroadwayWorld readers. Yesterday, she shared her Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe, and now it's time for some Humble Apple Pie:
"Humble Apple Pie," that's what Gordon Ramsay called it. Before the pressure test on MASTERCHEF Season 3, I'd made apple pie only once before. So when The Challenge of baking one from scratch was announced, I was sure I'd be going home that day. I'd long felt that baking, with its exact measures, timing, and heat, was too restrictive for my cooking style. But I wasn't willing to give in to my doubts after I'd gotten so far on the show, so I gave it my all.
From its buttery crust to its fragrant filling, the pie was praised by Chef Ramsay. And thus began my ascent on the ladder of confidence. The keys are not to handle the crust too much and not to be shy with the spices. Serve this with Browned Butter Ice Cream.
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar plus additional for sprinkling
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
Flaky Pie Crust
1 large egg, lightly beaten