Apple Pie

Good Dinner Mellen loves pies, and one of my favorite pies to bake is an apple. I love the smell of apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice baking in the oven; the scent escaping throughout the kitchen. Who can resist a piece of warm apple pie topped with rich vanilla ice cream?


2 1/2 cups flour, King Arthur Flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, Cabot butter

1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

Measure flour and salt into a bowl. Cut into butter thoroughly with a pastry blender.  Sprinkle in the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing with a fork until the flour is moistened and the dough almost cleans the side of the bowl.

Gather the dough into a ball, divide it in half and shape it into 2 flattened rounds. Chill dough for at least one hour. On a lightly floured board roll each dough rounds 2 inches larger all around than the inverted pie pan. Place pastry on parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet, and chill.

9 medium-sized firm tart apples, cored and thinly sliced. (I used Granny Smith)

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons quick tapioca

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/4 cup boiled apple cider

2 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 425 F. Put apple slices mixing a bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Combine sugar, tapioca, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, toss mix well, and toss with apples. Place on pastry round in the pie plate. Pour apple mixture into the pie crust and dot with butter. Carefully cover the apples with top pastry, trim the overhang, and crimp the edges to seal. Cut vents in the top pie crust to allow steam to escape. Brush the crust with milk and sprinkle with sugar for a nice shine. Bake the pie for 20 minutes, then lower the oven to 375 and bake for another 40 minutes or until the pastry is nicely browned and the juices in the center of the pie are bubbling. Let cool slightly on a wire rack before serving. Serve plain or with vanilla ice cream!



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