A classic dessert made simple. A sweet apple like Macintosh, Gala. The pastry recipe will yield 5 shells. The filling is for an individual pie.
High quality all-purpose flour
I use Crisco
7 or 8
Apples of choice
For my pies I use Macintosh, Opal, Gala or Honeycrsip
Fresh Lemon juice
Avoid concentrate in bottle
Combine flour and 1 1/2 tsp salt.
Add shortening and with either a fork or a pastry blender mix in shortening until its well incorporated into flour and is mealy looking
In a separate bowl mix egg, water and vinegar. Slowly and evenly pour into flour mixture. Mix well until it forms a dough then transfer to a clean, flat working surface
Knead dough till smooth, about 5 minutes. Wrap with plastic wrap and put in fridge a minimum of 30 minutes.
FOR PIE FILLING
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and core 7 to 8 apples. Thinly slice and place in a large mixing bowl.
Remove dough from fridge and allow to warm up 10 minutes before working with.
Add lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to apples and combine well.
On a lightly floured surface roll out pie dough slightly bigger than pie plate. Transfer to pie plate and fill up with apples.
Roll out second dough for top of pie. Transfer to pie and cut off edge. With your thumbs push down or pinch dough to seal pie.
Slice 3-4 slits into dough to allow steam to escape while baking.
Wisk second egg and using silicone brush, brush onto the top of pie.
Bake for 45 minutes or until pie is golden brown and apples are bubbling in pie plate.
Allow to cool before cutting into. Serve with ice cream or whipping cream or a slice of cheddar cheese. Best served still warm.
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