Monday, May 12, 2008

Apple Pie

I'm sure everyone has their own favorite apple pie recipe, but I finally found one I really like..and can actually produce!

5 or 6 tart apples (I used Granny Smith)
3/4 c. apple juice
1 C. brown sugar (scant)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbs = 2 tsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter

1) Pare apples and cut into slices (about 6 cups)
2) Mix together apple juice, sugar, and salt together in medium saucepan. Add Apples and heat to boil. Reduce heat and simmer just until apples are tender.
3) Drain and measure liquid. (Set apples aside) Add more juice, if necessary to make 1 1/4 cups.
4) Blend lemmon juice and corn starch; add spices and blend with the 1 1/4 cups liquid. Add butter. Simmer until thickened.
5)Combine apples and juice and place carefully in unbaked pie shell.
6) place top crust and cut slits for steam to escape. Bake at 425 degrees for 40 minutes.
***Make sure to add tinfoil around edges to prevent them from burning***
Tip: put a cookie sheet lined with tin foil on the bottom rack of your oven to catch spills from pie to help with clean up.

**This is grandma's crust recipe***

makes double crust for 9" pans

2 C. sifted flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 C. shortening
1/4 cup COLD water

1) Combine flour and salt in mixing bowl
2) Cut in crisco with pastry blender until mixture resembles course crumbs
3) Sprinkle cold water, TBLS at a time, and toss lightly with a for. When all the water is added, for dough into a ball
4) Divide ball into two halves, One for bottom crust and one for top.