First, let's start with the flaky pie crust. If you want, you can cheat and do a premade or even Jiffy mix, but personally I think nothing beats a homemade crust. This particular recipe makes enough for one pie (with top crust), the apple pie recipe makes two pies, so you can double it, or make separate batches. I prefer to make two batches, as it seems easier to manage that way.
- 3 cup sifted flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup plus 2 tblsp. shortening
- 6 tblsp. water
- Using a fork, blend all the ingredients. Form a ball, and divide into two parts.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough lightly from center until the crust is slightly larger than the pie plate. Arrange to plate.
- 1 to 1 1/2 cup sugar depending on tartness of apples
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 8 cups sliced/peeled Apples
- 1 tblsp. lemon juice
- 2 tblsp. butter
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Prepare your pie crusts if you haven't already.
- Mix dry ingredients and set aside.
- Slice and peel your apples (if you make apple pie/deserts etc often- I highly recommend buying an apple peeler- makes the job MUCH faster!). Rinse in cool water and drain.
- Stir the apples into the dry ingredients until well blended.
- Divide apple mixture into your two pie plates and dot each with butter.
- Cover with crust, trim and seal edges with fingers. Cut a few slits on the top crust. (You can get fancier with your crust if you wish, of course! I also sometimes sprinkle the top with a little bit of sugar and cinnamon for a decorative touch!)
- Bake in oven for 50 minutes or until apples are tender.
As I said, nothing too fancy, but I've found when it comes to deserts, sometimes the classic really are the best! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!
How are you celebrating Pi Day? Any favorite pie recipes you'd like to share? As always, I love hearing your thoughts!