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Sam's Apple Pie

Apple Pie
From: 'Saveur Cooks Authentic American' (Chronicle Books)


By the editors of Saveur Magazine

6 to 8 servings

Pastry ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening, chilled
Filling ingredients:
  • 3 pounds baking apples, peeled and cored
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 2/3 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Salt
  • 4 teaspoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
Method:

For pastry, sift flour and salt together in a large bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter or 2 knives, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Make small depressions in the mixture with your finger and drizzle in up to 5 tablespoons ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing until dough holds together. Form into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

For filling, cut apples into wedges, 1/2 inch thick at the widest point. Mix sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl. Add apples and mix well.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Divide dough into 2 balls. Roll out 1 dough ball into a 12-inch round on a floured surface, then ease into a 9-inch pie pan. Fill the pastry with apples and all their juices and dot with butter. Roll out remaining dough into a 12-inch round, place on top of apples, then fold edge under and crimp or flute. Poke 4 or 5 holes in top crust with your finger to allow steam to escape during baking. Beat 1 tablespoon water into egg. Then brush top of pie with egg wash. Bake until crust is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.


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