Sarah baked this lucious apple pie for dessert tonight. She did everything from scratch, even the crust (which her mother is just now at the ripe old age of 40 something learning how to do). Here is the recipe she used for the crusts –
2/3 Cup + 2 Tablespoons margarine
2 Cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
4-6 Tablespoons cold water
Cut shortening into flour and salt until particles are the size of small peas. Sprinkle in water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork until all the the flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans the side of the bowl. Divide pastry in half. Gather each half into a ball and shape into flattened round on lightly floured parchment paper or cloth. Roll pastry 2″ larger than pie plate. Fold into quarters . Unfold one crust and ease into pan, pressing firmly against the side and bottom. After adding filling, place top crust on pie. Fold under bottom crust edge and pinch to seal. Cut slits in top crust before baking to release steam.
The recipe she used for the apple filling is based somewhat on the recipe for Classic Apple Pie in Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, with just a few changes –
6-8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 Tablespoons lemon juice (we squeezed 2 lemons)
3 Tablespoons flour
1/4 Cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1 large egg yolk
1 Tablespoon heavy cream
Granulated sugar for sprinkling
Toss apple slices in lemon juice. Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add apples to mixture and toss together. Spread filling in prepared pie crust. Dot with butter or margarine. Top with second crust and seal as above. Mix egg yolk and cream together, brush on top crust with pastry brush. Sprinkle granulated sugar generously on top. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for 40-50 minutes, covering edges with foil if they brown too quickly. Cool a bit and serve with vanilla ice cream.
We so much enjoyed Sarah’s first pie, both the wonderful aroma while it was baking and the delicious flavor while we were all eating!