Peel, core and quarter apples. Slice about ¼ inch thick either by hand or with a mandolin. The mandolin will speed up the process and also make more consistent slices.
Combine apples lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, sugars, cornstarch and butter in a large pot.
Simmer over low heat until the apples begin to release their juices. Increase heat to medium and cook until filling has thickened and apples are crisp-tender. Some will look translucent and other not. You don’t want to overcook your filling at this stage. It still has to cook again!
Pour filling between two frozen baking sheets lined with parchment paper. The filling should be in a single layer. Cover with plastic wrap and poke a few ventilation holes. Refrigerate until cold. This rapidly cools the filling and stops the cooking process.
This can be done up to a week in advance.
Mile High Apple Pie Assembly:
Preheat your oven to 425°.
Roll out your pie crusts on a lightly floured surface into two circles that are roughly 2 inches larger in diameter than your pie dish, to a little more than ⅛th of an inch thick. Line an ungreased pie dish with one of the crusts, allowing the excess to hang over the edges. Place on sheet pan, cover and chill.
Place top crust on parchment lined sheet pan, cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to use.
Pour cooled apple filling into the pastry lined pie dish, mounding them in the center. Place the top crust over the filling; cut vent holes on top (you can also make cute cutouts before placing the top crust over the filling.); trim all but ½ inch excess dough from around the edges; press the top and bottom crust together, fold under and create a decorate edge. You can flute the edges or press with a fork, or even decorate with cutouts from your scraps.
Brush the top with heavy cream and generously sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes; lower the temperature to 350° and bake until the filling is bubbling and the crust is brown about 45-60 minutes longer.
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