Growing up in North Georgia, Chef Matt Moore was destined to become a fan of all things apple. Some of his fondest memories include a visit to the nearby orchards, where he’d join other locals aboard a tractor to fill up their burlap sacks with freshly picked fruit. Over time, Chef Matt was hooked on apples, apple cider, apple pie, apple jam… you name it!
It’s perhaps no surprise then that he’d eventually perfect his own apple pie, one that would become so beloved among both family and friends, that he keeps the recipe very close to his heart. Lucky for us, he’s brought the recipe to WaterColor, where guests can enjoy it by the slice (or buy the whole pie) at Scratch Biscuit Kitchen.
We sat down with Chef Matt, who oversees The St. Joe Company’s culinary concepts, to learn more about what makes “Matt’s Apple Pie” so scrumptious – but be warned, this post is sure to leave you with an apple craving.
How would you describe “Matt’s Apple Pie” to guests who haven’t yet tried it?
My original recipe is an almost 50/50 Pink Lady and Granny Smith mix. The Lady provides the perfect blend of sweet and sour, while the Granny offers some nice tartness. The apples really do speak for themselves, so we cook them to perfection – leaving a slight crunch. For the perfect pie, I like to incorporate fall spices with the sugar. And, because it’s how I remember it, I always lattice the dough.
Do you have any favorite reactions of someone’s first bite?
Yes! My family requests a pie every year, and their reactions are always the same: pure delight. If they don’t react, then there’s a problem.
We hear your recipe is top-secret, but would you give guests a hint about any special ingredients or techniques?
I joke about the secret, but it really does boil down to the quality of the apples and how perfectly they’re cooked. I’m also very specific about making the dough and like to monitor it through every step of the process. It’s a basic dough, finished with an egg wash, but getting it just right makes all of the difference.
Can guests purchase a whole pie? If so, do they have to special-order it?
Absolutely! We always keep a couple on hand at Scratch Biscuit Kitchen, but I recommend calling ahead to make sure you don’t miss out. We also deliver within the WaterColor community, so if you’re craving a special dessert during your stay, we have you covered!
Scratch Biscuit Kitchen is located in the WaterColor Town Center and is open daily, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Counter, indoor and outdoor seating is available. For more information, visit scratchbk.com or call (850) 231-6550.
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