Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins
This is my absolute favourite and just a little different from all the others I have seen. The whole wheat flour makes all the difference
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2⁄3 cup chilled leaf lard
- 2 tablespoons chilled butter
- 4 tablespoons water
- 4 -6 apples (northern spry if you can get them)
- 1⁄2-2⁄3 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1 -1 1⁄2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄8 teaspoon clove
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- cinnamon sugar
- To make the crust.
- Mix salt and flour well.
- mix butter and lard.
- cut the half the fat mixture into the flour with a pastry cutter or 2 butter knives.
- when it is well mixed it will be about the same grain as cornmeal
- add the rest of the fat mixture and cut in until it has about pea sized grain
- sprinkle about 4 tablespoons water over the dough and mix lightly until it form a ball
- do not overwork once you add the water.
- divide in half and roll the dough out into 2 rounds about 1/4 inch think.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- place one round into a pie plate.
- Peel and slice the apples and put them into a bowl.
- in another bowl mix the sugar salt cornstarch and spices
- sift the sugar mixture over the apple mixture and mix well
- place the apple mixture into the pie crust.
- dot with butter and sprinkle with lemon and vanilla.
- Only add the lemon rind if the apples are bland.
- wet the edges of the crust and place the second round over the pie to form the top crust.
- make some slashes to allow steam to escape or do as I do an make a few cuts with a miniature cookie cutter ( I use hearts or leaves) pinch and trim the edges.
- sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and bake for 10 minutes.
- reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until done 35-40 minutes.
Made this on Saturday night as the dessert for a family supper with my sons 'in-laws'. Quicly put-together, and very nice flavour, it was easy to assemble and then bake while busy with other dishes, turned out perfectly and ended a lovely supper which also featured alleycats "Stroganoff for a Friend". I made custard and served ice-cream with it, it was well-received and enjoyed! Made for PAC Spring 2008, thanks alleycat! Oh, ps, in step 9, I think that should be two rounds, not ten... I made two!