Alright all you sweets lovers, this is for you! My oldest makes a mean apple pie… apparently… I am not much of a sweets/dessert eater, so I believe I have only sampled it sporadically. Don’t get me wrong, when I actually eat something of this persuasion, I usually enjoy it and can totally appreciate the great flavour BUT, I don’t crave it and I can stop pretty quickly (small mercy that I am grateful for… I don’t need another whole food area that I have to try to pretend doesn’t exist). Your cookies and chocolates are safe with me!
That being said: back to pie! The kiddo had been talking about it, and eventually promised L that she would make him one when she next was home, and that it would be the best apple pie he’d ever had. A tall order I think since he is a big fan of them and thus has lots of comparative material. Good as her word, she did make him one, it was the best he’s had, here is the recipe below, of course, and lastly the beautiful photographic evidence! (don’t you wish you could smell that through the screen??? )
Apple Pie Recipe:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
5-6 tablespoons cold water
In medium bowl, with fork, lightly stir together flour and salt. With pastry blender or two knives used scissor fashion, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle in cold water, tablespoon at a time, mixing lightly with a fork after each addition until pastry just holds together. With hands, shape pastry into a ball. For two-crust pie, divide into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. On lightly floured surface, with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll larger ball into a circle 2 inches larger than the pie plate all around.
2/3 to 3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
6-7 cups thinly sliced, peeled, cored cooking apples (2 pounds)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
In small bowl, combine sugar and next 5 ingredients. Place half of apples in pie crust, sprinkle with half of sugar mixture. Top with rest of apples, then rest of sugar mixture. Dot filling with butter or margarine. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place top crust on top of the pie and fold overhang. Bake pie for 40-50 minutes or until crust is golden brown.