Homemade Apple Pie


Here is a favorite recipe for homemade apple pie:

6 cups apples (cored, peeled and sliced)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 double crust pie pastry (recipe below)
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium bowl, combine apple slices, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until mixed well. Set aside while you prepare the pie pastry. Add apple mixture on top of bottom crust. Dot apples with bits of butter. Smooth water along edge of pie crust with fingertips (to help seal the pie). Add the top pastry to pie and crimp edges. I always like to smooth 3 tablespoons of milk over the top of the pastry and then sprinkle with sugar to make a pretty crust. Bake for 50-60 minutes until top crust is golden.

Pie Pastry Recipe:

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup cold water (2 parts)

In medium sized bowl, mix together flour and salt. Add shortening and cut in with a fork until crumbly. Add 1/4 cup water and mix, then add the rest of the water to finish mixing the dough. Dough should hold together in a ball. Roll out on floured surface the size of your pie plate. For top crusts, remember to make slits in the dough so your pie can breath while it is baking.
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