Cousin Jim's Amazing Apple Pie
This is the best apple pie I have EVER had. This is one of those pies where everything just blends together on the palate beautifully and makes your mouth want more. I was not an apple pie fan until I tasted this! It is better than ANY bakery, restaurant, or grocery store bought (duh) apple pie I've tried. OH - and by the way, it is worth the effort to roll out the dough...Mmm, Mmm! You can use this light, flaky dough with TONS of other fruit pies.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 45mins
- 6 -7 large granny smith apples
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2⁄3 cup shortening
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄3 cup ice water
- 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine, to taste
- 3 -4 tablespoons sugar, to taste
- PREPARE THE APPLES: Peel, Core, and slice apples thinly, and place in a large bowl.
- Cover apples with sugars, flour, vanilla, and spices, and Mix well with apples; Set aside.
- At this point, PREHEAT OVEN to 350°.
- PREPARE THE DOUGH: Mix Salt, Flour, and Shortening in mixer- then add ice cold water.
- Remove dough, divide in half, and roll out one half using flour to keep from sticking- Reserve the other half for top crust.
- Line 9 inch pie pan with half dough; Allow 1/4 inch extra dough to stick out- you'll pinch it with the top crust later.
- Put apple mixture into crust-lined pan.
- Roll out top crust and cover apples.
- FINISH THE PIE: Gently Pinch bottom and top crusts together, and Flute edges of dough (make it pretty).
- Poke several fork holes in top crust, and Dot crust with butter and Sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes.
- Allow to cool 20 minutes before serving plain or with vanilla bean ice cream, cool whip, or whipped cream; This also warms up great in the microwave.
- And, by all means, ENJOY!
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This pie is excellent! I omitted the 1/2 cup of white sugar as I was using apples that are a sweeter than Granny Smith's. I also upped the amount of cinnamon by about 1/2 tsp and omitted the cloves as that is how I prefer my pie. The crust turns out great! I have never had a lot of success with pie crusts but I did this in the food processor (for the first time ever) and it turned out wonderfully light and flaky. My mother and son both love it as well. From now on this is going to be THE recipe I use for pastry and apple pie.Reply