Perfecting Pie continues as we present the Omni Mandalay’s traditional apple pie, mastered over the years and evolved into this soft, tasty creation. Not your grandmother’s old fashioned apple pie, it’s a combination of traditional apple pie and an apple crisp, and completely worthy of your holiday table. (More “Perfecting Pie” Recipes)
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Perfecting Pie - Apple Pie Topped With Streusel

Apple Pie Topped with Streusel

For the Crust: 1 1/4 cups Cake flour 1 Tbsp Sugar 1/2 tsp Salt 1/2 cup Whole butter 2 Eggs 3 Tbsp Vanilla extract 1. Blend the flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. 2. Add the eggs and butter using off/on bottom until course meal forms. 3. Add the vanilla extract, blend just until moist clumps form. If the dough is still dry, add a little water. 4. Gather dough into ball, flatten into disk, place on the aluminum shell or any non-stick baking pan.
ChefTipYou can substitute the cake flour for whole wheat pastry flour!
The Filling: 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1 cup Granulate sugar 1 pinch Ground Nutmeg 1 pinch Ground All spice 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon 3 oz Golden raisins 2 oz Whole butter 1 tsp Brandy 2 sheets Gelatin Mix all of the ingredients together and pour into the crust. The Streusel: 1/3 cup Granualted sugar 1/2 cup Cake flour 4 oz Whole butter 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon 1.Combine all the ingredients in mixing bowl until crumbly, top apple filling with Streusel. 2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 3. Place the pie in oven and bake for 40-50 minutes until the crust is a golden brown. 4. Remove from oven, cool for 30 minutes and serve it warm.
Chef Gabino AcostaGabino Acosta began his culinary journey at an early age preparing typical Latin fare for Chi-chi’s Restaurant in Houston, Texas. After a couple of years at Chi-chi’s, he eventually moved to Dallas to work at Colonial Jaton’s Cafe as both cook and manager in the mid 80s. Eager to learn more about the culinary business, Gabino applied for employment at the Marriot located in Las Colinas. There he worked along side great Chef’s from the United States world wide culinary team such as Patrick Mitchell and John Vasquez. The Chef’s did not hesitate to teach him the ins and outs of culinary art. In 1985, Omni Hotels and Resorts acquired the property and brought in a French Chef by the name of Marc Gouronc. Chef Marc, who Gabino considers to be his culinary mentor, took him under his wing and taught him the fine art of food preparation as well as the administrative aspect of the hospitality industry. After acquiring a wealth of knowledge from Chef Marc, Gabino was promoted to a management level position. In 2000, Gabino landed his first Executive Chef Position at the Westin Tabor Center and moved to Denver, Colorado. After 3 years of valuable learning experience, he moved back to Dallas to be closer to his family where he became the Executive Chef at the Westin Stonebriar resort in Frisco, Texas. Despite the experience gained at the Westin Stonebriar, Gabino aspired to return to where it all began and partnered up with his longtime friend, Mike Jackson at the Omni Mandalay. There he became Chef for Trevi’s Restaurant and also managed all the hotel’s outlets. Having an award winning Chef that was trained in European cuisine, made Trevi’s not only one of the best places to eat in the Las Colinas area, but also one of the best restaurants in the entire Omni brand. Trevi’s featured a variety of flavors from all over Italy, giving it its nickname, “Little Italy.” After mastering his experience at the Omni Mandalay, Gabino was promoted to the Omni Parkwest Hotel as Executive Chef over Dover’s Restaurant and several additional outstanding outlets including the Wine Thief and Hunter’s Lounge. Dover’s Restaurant has been named #1 in food quality for the past two years in all of Omni Hotels. Also, one of his major accomplishments at the Park West has been becoming one of the top two hotels in food and beverage for the entire brand. In 2010, the Park West finished 1st place and in 2011, 2nd place overall. Gabino was named Manager of the Year and has been awarded several Manager of the Quarter awards as well. During his tenure, Dover’s has featured exquisite cuisine from around the world such as Spain, Argentina, and Italy. The most recent promotion of French Cuisine allowed Gabino the opportunity to take a trip with other Chef’s from around the company to learn French cooking techniques. Currently, Gabino has returned to the Omni Mandalay where his passion for Omni and training began. His main focus is to bring back “Little Italy” by incorporating simple but good family style food and service. Chef Gabino has earned two recognitions by the Texas Chef Association, by competing against other top Chefs around Texas. Gabino is a fruit of what Omni is all about and proud of Omni Culture.