Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Pie Recipe #3 -- Farmers Almanac 1st Place Apple Pie Recipe

Farmers Almanac Award Winning Apple Pie Recipe. :) Enjoy!

1st Place Winner
Mary Anderson
Lowell, Indiana

2 1/2 cups flour
1 level tsp. salt
1/2 lb. lard
4-6 tbsp. cold water

Place flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut small teaspoon-sized pieces of lard into the flour (about 5 pieces at a time), with a hand pastry cutter or fork. When all the lard is worked into flour (should have a crumble-like look) start adding cold water, 2 tablespoons at a time, until flour mixture pulls away from sides of the bowl. Separate dough into 2 equals parts, cover, and refrigerate while preparing apples. Note: This crust recipe is enough for two 9" apple pies, and the leftover dough can be frozen.

7 cups cut-up apples ( I recom-
mend Granny Smith or
Jonathan apples)
3/4 cup sugar
1 rounded tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. cold water
1 stick butter
1 level tsp. flour

In a large bowl, add apples, sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and water. Stir well. Cut tiny pieces of butter into apples, using 2/3 of the stick. Sprinkle flour over apple mixture and stir and toss well. Cover and set aside.
Using 1/2 of dough mixture, separate into 2 equal pieces. Flour rolling surface and dough lightly, and roll out 1 crust for the bottom, and place in pie pan. Add apple mixture. Cut remaining butter into small pats. Roll out crust for top of pie. Place over apples. When the top crust is trimmed and pinched shut, cut several slits in it. Bake at 375ºF for about 70 minutes OR until crust is a light/medium golden brown.


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