If you’re expecting company, you should bake a pie. If you’re going to a potluck, you should bake a pie. If you’re celebrating the good old 4th of July, take a pie. For the red, white and blue Holiday, try green Granny Smith apples and maybe a few other varieties mixed in.
FIRST: Here’s what you will need for baking a special homemade apple pie: 4-5 McIntosh apples, 4-5 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored and sliced) one cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, a little shake of salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and make a double crust pie dough- recipe to follow.
I’m using all Granny Smith apples since I couldn’t find McIntosh ones. Thanks, Granny. Please don’t eat those bananas in the background. We need them for smoothies, but that’s another story.
8 apples peeled, cored and sliced with the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, dash of salt added. Mix it well and let sit while you make the pie dough.
TWO: Pie dough – mix together 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 8 tablespoons vegetable shortening and 12 tablespoons chilled butter cut into little pieces. (Have ready 6-8 tablespoons ice water for after when dough is all mixed.)
You can use a spoon, knife, fork or one of these to cut the butter and shortening through the flour making it like coarse crumbs—-
After the pie dough mix looks coarse and crummy, I mean like coarse crumbs, add the ice water a tablespoon at a time and use your hands to push it together. Then form dough into two disks.
This is the flour worked in with the butter and shortening and a little salt and sugar.
Adding the ice water, a tablespoon at a time…
Wrap the two disks tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour— chill the dough disks, not you…you don’t need to chill, or you can if you want. Chill out!
Continuing: preheat a rimmed cookie sheet in oven at 500 degrees.
Roll out bottom crust. It might not be pretty, but you can patch it with a little water and tear edges off as patches.
Place the rolled out crust into bottom of a pie pan and put the apples in. If there’s too much juice, drain some off.
Next roll out the top crust, cut slits – make a design of your choice- fold it once in half, place gently halfway across apples, then open top crust 100% then seal edges. You can use a fork to press edges together or just your fingers pinching top to bottom crusts.
Gently pull entire crust on top of apple filling. Seal edges.
Put pie on cookie sheet in oven and drop temp to 425 degrees for 25 minutes. Then after 25 minutes, rotate the pie and drop oven temp to 375 degrees for another 25 minutes or til golden brown.
Take it out of oven when it’s bubbly hot and golden brown.
Let it cool then enjoy eating it! Add ice cream for A La mode or whipped cream to make it more tasty. Enjoy!
From San Jose Aurport – Mineta.
It might help for you to put a link to part 1 at the top of this blog, Liv.
Looks so delicious. Why don’t you and Mary come visit and make me one of those???
Yes, we should visit you and bake a couple pies together. How much is a flight to Guadalajara?’
From where, Val?
Airfares from $122 One Way, $284 Round Trip from Los Angeles to Guadalajara. Prices starting at $284 for return flights and $122 for one-way flights to Guadalajara were the cheapest prices found within the past 7 days, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change.
From Dallas Forth Worth, $327 round trip