Feel free to add a sprinkle of cinnamon and some brown sugar along with the butter. Some apple varieties hold their shape better than others when cooked, but freshness is the most important factor. If you'd like, you can substitute heavy cream for the ice cream.
After a brief time in a 450-degree oven, this pie bakes at 350 degrees. You'll want to use an oven thermometer to monitor the temperature. Because of the dense filling, a long cooling time is essential before slicing and serving.
This is the standard pie recipe of John Bunker, pomologist of Super Chilly Farms, in Palermo, Maine. During summer, when they're in season, he likes Gravenstein apples. The more widely available Galas and Golden Delicious also make excellent pies when combined.
When you're in the mood for a sweet treat, try this mouthwatering tarte Tatin recipe from pastry chef Alexandre Talpaert of Benoit.
Alexandre makes his tarte Tatin using De Buyer Moul'flex Round Mold Tatin pans from Sur la Table.