It’s that time of year. Cool evenings, football games, pumpkins and apple pie.
Every since I can remember, my mom as been the queen of being able to just throw things together and come up with delicious meals and desserts! If we were in the mood for something sweet, she would just step into the kitchen and come out with whatever it is we were craving.
There are all kinds of tricks and tips for making the world’s best apple pie, and since people’s tastes vary, I suppose my idea of the best and your idea of the best might be different.
BUT. I am going to give you a recipe for the easy, people-pleasing, delicious apple pie that made Monday night football games complete in my house when I was little.
2 Cups flour
2/3 Cup crisco
6-8 Tb. ice cold water
There are a few things that you have to buy the name brand of when it comes to baking. Flour is one of them. Crisco is another. My apple pies have to have home made crust and they have to be made with crisco. Using store brand crisco and flour just do not cut it.
You start out by putting some ice cubes in a bowl of water to get the water really cold.
Let that sit while you put your flour and crisco in a large bowl.
Mix it together with a pastry blender or a fork.
Add the water a tablespoon at a time and mix to get a feel for how much water you will need. Try not to use your hands too much when mixing.
Once the dough is a good consistency, divide it into two equal size parts.
Roll it out with a rolling pin (rub a little flour on the rolling pin if it is sticking) and then place the dough in the bottom of your pie plate.
Put all of your apples into the crust (Macintosh are my favorite apples to use in pies because they are soft. Make sure you slice them thin. I only had about 8 small apples for this pie, but I would prefer to use 9 or 10 medium sized apples)
Once all the apples are in the pie pan, add 1 Cup of sugar, sprinkle a couple tablespoons of brown sugar, and then sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. I added a few thin slices of butter to the top as well.
Roll out your top crust (it is easier to roll it out on the inside of a plastic bag so you can just lay it on top and then peel back the plastic)
Fold the edges together with your fingers.
You can see that the pie doesn’t have very many apples in it, but it still tasted just as good!)
Then I put a little bit of milk on top of the crust and sprinkle it with sugar. Using a fork, poke holes on top of the crust (My mom always did an “R” for my dad’s name, I do an “A” for Adam…even though he doesn’t even like apple pie! ha!)
Bake it in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, then turn down the heat to 350 for another 30 minutes or so. You want the edges to be light brown. You can stick a knife through the top to see if the apples are tender.
Be sure to put the pie on a low rack in the oven, and you may want to put the pie pan on a tray so the juice doesn’t spill over onto the bottom of the oven.
Just like that! Delicious, warm apple pie. Throw a scoop of ice cream on that bad boy and you are everyone’s new best friend! So much yumminess!