Mom’s Homemade Apple Pie! What a pretty pie this is!
Crystal has kindly shared her family recipe with us and it’s incredibly easy to make. Always popular and Crystal has been making this for many years, having had the recipe passed down to her from her mom. There’s a lovely flavour of apples mixed with cinnamon and nutmeg, and contrasting with a nice crisp sweet pie crust.
You can freeze this pie either before or after baking, so if you wanted to make ahead, say for Thanksgiving or to have a stock of pies handy, this will be perfect. If you want to freeze before baking, simply defrost at room temperature then bake as per the instructions below.
Crystal often makes this pie. Sometimes she will do a pretty lattice top and sometimes a completely covered top with a few decorations with left over pastry. Which ever way you choose, it will be delicious!
If you’ve never tried making your own pastry before, give it a go! It is very easy and you can’t compare shop bought with homemade. Once you’ve made your own, you will wonder why you had never tried before!!
Crystal hopes everyone who tries her mom’s recipe will enjoy it just as much as her family, so please do enjoy and happy baking!
Recipe By Crystal Sproles
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 – 50 minutes
Serves: 6 – 8
For the Pie Crust:
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup crisco ( I use butter flavored)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Tablespoons (approx) cold water
Apple Pie Filling:
Approximately 7 apples cored peeled and sliced
4 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
3/4 Cup Sugar (half granulated and half light brown)
1 Tablespoon Butter
1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Grease or spray a 9 inch pie dish.
2. Make the pie crust by adding the flour, crisco, sugar and salt to a large mixing bowl.
3. Use 2 round bladed knives and cut together into a crumble, then add 1 tablespoon of cold water, and using your hands, start to bring the dough together. Add a little more water until the mixture comes together then place on a lightly floured surface and bring the dough together to form a ball. Cover in clear wrap and place in fridge to chill while preparing filling.
4. Make the apple pie filling. Core, peel and slice the apples and set aside.
5. In a bowl, add the remaining pie ingredients EXCEPT the tablespoon of butter and stir to combine. Then add the apples to the mixture and shake it so the apples are nicely coated.
6. Take pie crust and divide into 2. Roll out one on floured surface and then place in a 9 inch pie pan. Make sure the pastry comes up the sides of the dish and a little over the rim.
7. Place apples in bottom crust and dot with the tablespoon of butter.
8. Next roll out 2nd crust. You can place this on top of the apples as a whole piece, or cut in strips and make lattice top.
Notes for the pie top:
If you want to make a lattice top, cut in to 1/2 inch wide strips, and place the strips lightly over the top of the pie. Then turn the pie dish 90 degrees and place the remaining strips, weaving them under and over the other strips. Once the strips are in pace, gently push them down all around the edge of the pie dish to secure them.
If you want to use a single piece of pastry over the top of the pie, with a sharp knife, pierce 6 or 7 slits in the surface to allow the steam to escape when baking.
9. Brush the top with milk and sprinkle with sugar then place in the oven for 40 – 50 minutes until golden.
TIP: Put the pie on a tray to catch any bubble over during baking.
10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 20 – 30 minutes then serve warm or chilled.
Below is one of the pies Crystal made using a single piece of pie crust. Looks so delicious!
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