How To Make Apple Pie
Learn how to make apple pie to complete any delicious meal. Homemade apple pie is a delicious treat that beats a store-bought pie any day. Take an hour and bake a pie that will make family glad to eat at your table.
To make apple pie, you will need:
For the pie filling:
- five or six apples
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- dash of salt
- two Tablespoons flour
- two Tablespoons of butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
For the pie crust:
- 1/3 cup shortening or lard
- one cup flour
- dash of salt
- 1/3 cup cold water
- pastry cutter or two forks
- extra flour
- rolling pin
- pie pan
- aluminum foil
- Gather the ingredients for the pie crust. In a bowl, measure the dry ingredients (flour and salt) and mix well.
- Cut in the shortening. To the flour and salt, begin adding the shortening or lard. Use the pastry cutter or forks to mix the pie crust until the shortening begins to resemble little balls of dough.
- Add water. Add one tablespoon of cold water at a time to the mixture continuing to mix with the pastry cutter until the dough comes clean from the sides of the bowl. Use up to three tablespoons of water as needed.
- Do not over mix. Stop mixing the dough when it forms a ball.
- Roll out the dough. Sprinkle extra flour on a clean flat surface. Lay out half of the dough into a ball. Sprinkle flour on top. Sprinkle the rolling pin with flour and gently roll out one pie crust, rotating the crust and adding a bit of flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking to the pin. Fold the crust in half and place in the pie pan. Repeat the make the second pie crust. Fold in half.
- Cut the apples. Wash the apples, core them, but leave the peel on. Cut the apples into thin slices. Place in a bowl.
- Add dry ingredients. Mix the cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, sugar, and salt then add to the apples. Mix thoroughly till all of the apples are coated.
- Spread on pie crust. Add the apple mixture to the pie crust.
- Add top pie crust. Place the top crust on the apples. Cut off any excess crust from the pan edge with a knife. Form crimps around the edge of the crust with a fork or your fingers, dipped in water to keep from sticking.
- Finish the apple pie. Cut air holes in the top crust with a knife. Dot butter on top of the crust. Place thin strips of aluminum foil around the crimped edge of the crust, folding it over the top and bottom of the pie pan. This will keep the crust from burning.
- Bake the apple pie. Place pie in preheated 400-degree oven. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until the top crust is slightly browned. About Fifteen minutes before end of baking time, remove the aluminum foil and continue baking the apple pie. Remove from oven and place in a cool spot to stop the cooking process.