Photo and Recipes by Natalie Brown Dana
Pie Crust Ingredients:
*yields double pie crust
* half recipe for a single pie crust
2 cups white flour (do not pack flour into cup)
1/2 cups + 2 TBS Crisco
1 TSP salt
3 TBS sugar
10 TBS ice water
To Make Pie Crust:
Using food processor or pastry cutter mix ingredients until they for a crumb-like texture.
Sprinkle 9-10 TBS ice water over dough. Toss briefly with hands or fork to combine. It should be farily wet and soft.
Let rest covered for 10 minutes.
Dump onto a heavily floured surface > roll out.
Move dough a couple times while rolling > sprinkle more flour underneath to prevent it from sticking to your surface.
Apple Pie Ingredients:
7 big apples (approx. 2 ¾ lbs) Golden Delicious, Fuji, or Gala work the best.
1 TBS lemon juice
1 rounded TSP cinnamon
1 cup sugar
pinch of salt
To Make Apple Pie with Double Pie Crust:
Preheat oven to 375°
Peel and slice apples very thin.
Mix all ingredients together in big microwave safe bowl.
Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
Remove and stir 4 TBS flour into filling.
Continue to cook for another 3 minutes.
Stir > check to see if soft.
Cook another 3 minutes if needed to achieve desired texture > they will soften a little more than this as they bake in the oven. (10-12 minutes total cook time seems to be a good average but try up to 15 in an older microwave.)
Before adding the top crust, dot top of pir filling with 4-5 pats of butter.
Add top crust > crimp > cut several vents > *optional brush with milk
Bake at 375° for approx. 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling.
To make Hand Pies:
Preheat oven to 375°
Prepare a double crust recipe as stated above.
For apple filling prepare as above but slice apples then chop each slice into thirds.
Working with half of the dough at a time roll out just as if you were making a whole pie.
Using 4 ½ inch round cookie cutter (slightly larger or smaller cutter is ok,) cut as many rounds as you can.
Lay rounds on parchment covered cookie sheet > fill each with approx. 1 TBL
Filling; eyeball it > add more or less as needed.
Fold round in half to form a half moon shape > quickly press the edges together to seal. *If desired, use your fingertips to fold the flattened edges back onto themselves to create a crimped/fluted edge.
Cut small vents in the top of each pie.
*Optional > brush with milk and sprinkle with course sugar.
Bake on middle or lower rack at 375° for approx. 20 minutes or until golden brown.