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American Apple Pie

Ingredients:

Crust:

Flour – 2 1/2 cups

Sugar – 1 tbsp

Salt – ½ tsp

Baking Powder – ¼ tsp

Cold Butter – 2 sticks

(cut into tablespoon slices)

Very cold water – 4 to 6 tbsp

(I like to add a few ice cubes to a measuring cup with about a half cup of water…use that to pour into your measuring spoon)

Filling:

Apples – 3 pounds

(I used golden delicious, Granny Smith, and Jonagolds), peeled and each cut into 8 slices

Butter – 3 tbsp

Fresh Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp

Sugar – 2/3 cup

(you may use more or less depending on sweetness of apples)

Cinnamon – 1 tsp

Egg – 1

Dash of Salt

Method:

  1. Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a food processor and pulse a couple of times to mix. Add butter and pulse till the mixture looks like coarse cornmeal, about 20 short pulses. Sprinkle with 4 tablespoons of water and pulse about 5 times or until the dough starts to come together.
  2. Squeeze a small amount of dough between your fingers. If it doesn’t hold together add up to 2 more tablespoons of water, pulsing after each addition until the dough holds together. Recheck dough after each addition till it holds together.
  3. Put half of the dough on a piece of plastic wrap and form into a disk. Wrap completely and repeat with the other half. Refrigerate disks at least an hour before rolling.
  4. Melt butter in a large saute pan. Saute apples for about a minute, gently stirring to coat apples with butter. Add lemon juice and sugar and cook until the apples are just tender about 5 more minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon and mix to combine. Allow to cool while rolling out the bottom crust.
  5. Preheat oven to 400º.
  6. Place the bottom crust into a 9-inch pie plate. Fill with apples. Roll out the top crust and place over apples. Seal edges and flute if desired. Cut a few vents into the top crust to allow steam to escape. Alternatively, you can cut the top crust into slits and weave to make a lattice crust.

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