Saturday, August 28, 2010

Homemade Apple Pie

During apple picking season ,I  put up canned apple pie filling for later in the year when apples are not in season.  There is something very satisfying about eating some thing you canned earlier in the year.This is the fresh version of this recipe. With these few ingredients it packs a bunch of flavor.. The perfect pie crust  flaky, crispy, the apples tart yet sweet. Topped off with ice cream it can't be beat. This recipe makes 2 pies.

apples cored and cut into bit sized pieces 6 cups
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
3 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 nutmeg
1/4 cup instant clear gel
3/4 cup water
pinch of salt

I have a combination of granny smith, and yellow delicious. Peel core, and slice apples place in bowl. To make the sauce. Place cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, salt, lemon juice, instant clear gel, and water into a blender, whip at high speed. The instant clear gel turn liquids into a sauce with out cooking. It is wonderful stuff.

Pour into apples. Set to the side while making pie crust.

Ingredients for pie crust:
2 cups shortening
5 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vinegar

Place shortening, flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl, with dough hook mix till dough resembles small peas. Add egg yolk, vinegar, to a 1 cup measuring cup, fill the cup 3/4 full. Beat before pouring into flour mixture. Pour slowly into flour mixture, folding flour mixture into water. Dough will start coming together. Do not over mix or dough will be tough. Compress into 5 balls, each ball make one pie crust.
Compress dough into 5 balls let rest for a minute.
Roll out dough on a floured board, or flour cloth

. Fold dough in half to be able to fit into pie pan.
Open all the way trim extra long edges.

Fill the pie shell with apple filling. Dot with butter.

Wet the dough on the edges before placing the 2 pie crust on top, this will help it seal.

The angle I took this picture makes my hand look really big and the pie very small, but I assure you it's a normal size pie. Anyway cut a vent hole in the middle of the pie crust. pierce the crust with a fork all around.
Place in a preheated oven. 400 degrees for 30 minutes, lower the oven to 350 for 30 more minutes. I cook my pies for an hour I like the apples tender, I don't like to bit a hard apple.  Make sure it's an apple that can stand up to longer cooking periods. Dust the pie crust with sugar, and cinnamon before cooking.
Now that's a perfect apple pie. Enjoy!

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