Monday, February 21, 2011

Homemade Apple Pie

This is a family favorite~

4 cups of Granny Smith apples peeled and sliced
2 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup of Butter Flavored Crisco
1 cup of white sugar
3 TBS flour
2 tsp cinnamon

In one bowl, peel and dice Granny Smith apples. In medium sized bowl, place 2 cups of flour and 1 tsp of salt, and 3/4 cup of Butter Flavored Crisco. Using a fork, work the Crisco into the flour until of a crumbly texture. In another small bowl, place the 1 cup of sugar, 3 TBS of flour, and 2 tsp of cinnamon. Work the flour into the sugar until thoroughly combined. Using a large flat surface, cover lightly with extra flour, and get your rolling pin and pie plate ready. Using the fork, pour small amounts of Ice Cold Water into the flour and Crisco mixture. Continue until it begins to form a ball of dough. Splitting the dough in half, form it into a ball and coat with flour. Place on floured surface; and roll out a few inches, then sprinkle more flour underneath and on top. Continue this until you are larger than your pie plate. Fold in half and place in pie plate. Sprinkle two spoonfuls of the sugar mixture on the bottom crust, then pour apples on top of that, then pour remaining sugar mixture on top of apples. Then slice pieces of butter(real butter) on the apples and sugar. Set that aside. Then take remaining dough, it may need a little more water to form a dough ball. Repeat the above process of rolling it out. Place it over the top of the apples. Roll the bottom and top layers of dough together and crimp (there are many different ways to crimp the dough, see picture) Sprinkle white sugar on the top of the crust.
Place in a preheated oven of 425F for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350F for 40 minutes.

Some tips that I have found:
Using a crust shield if your oven bakes dark
Using a stoneware pie plate (I use the Paula Dean pie plate, from Walmart)