Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mom's Apple Pie ~ by Sarah

My mom makes the best apple pie.  Her crust is what makes it.  It's flaky and delicious!

Pie Crust Ingredients:
1 1/2 c. butter-flavored Crisco
1 T white vinegar
1/3 c. ice water
1 egg
3 c. flour

Pie Crust Directions:
Mix the above ingredients just until well combined.  Let rest 15 minutes before using.  This recipe makes three crusts--so, divide it into thirds before rolling out.

Apple Pie Ingredients:
6 c. thinly-sliced, peeled Granny Smith apples
1 t. cinnamon
1 c. sugar
1 T. lemon juice
2 T. flour
1 egg, beaten

Apple Pie Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.  Peel and thinly slice apples.  I use my apple slicer and then thinly slice each section.
  Combine apples, cinnamon, sugar, lemon juice, and flour in large bowl.
Roll out 1/3 of the pie crust dough (using plenty of flour underneath) and put in a pie pan.  Pour in apples, then top with thin slices of butter. 
 Roll out another 1/3 of the pie crust dough.  Put dough on top of apples, trim edges, and crimp the top and bottom crusts together.  Slice a few holes in the top with a knife, then use a brush to thinly cover the entire top crust with the beaten egg.  Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, then put strips of foil around the edges to prevent the crust from burning.
Bake for 45 minutes, then remove foil.  Sometimes the crust sticks to the foil a bit when you pull them off--I haven't figured out out to prevent that yet!  Bake another 10 minutes.  Remove and cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Delicious!  (Not very pretty, though, because you can see where the foil peeled off some of my crust!)  I would show a picture of the inside, but I'm taking it to North Powder with me and it won't be eaten until tomorrow!

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