Nothing is associated more with country cooking than old-fashioned apple pie. You could even say that it’s an all American favorite. Some form of apple pie is served at almost every restaurant or event. From apple tarts to the apple crisp, people enjoy eating and cooking apples but nothing surpasses the popularity of the old-fashioned apple pie. When you have a hankering for apple pie, give this traditional country recipe a try.
Old-Fashioned Double Crust
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup ice water
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup milk
1 cup shortening
1/4 cup white sugar
Apple Pie Filling
6 cups peeled and sliced tart apples
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. butter
To make this old-fashioned double crust pie (top and bottom), we’ll begin with the homemade crust and then add the filling.
Double Crust Instructions:
In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut in the shortening until it is about the consistency of corn meal. Add the water, a little at a time, and mix until a ball is formed. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide it into two equal parts. Lightly flour the table and roll both parts of the crust out into circles. Each circle should be about 1/8 inch thick and 10 inches in diameter.
Carefully fold each pie crust circle into quarters. Center one circle in a prepared pie pan by using the point of the folded crust as a guide. Carefully unfold the circle so that it covers the pan. It’s fine for the crust to drape over the edge of the pie pan. Set pan and the remaining folded crust aside.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and then begin making the filling.
Apple Pie Filling Instructions:
Combine all filling ingredients together and mix well. Spoon the filling into the unbaked pie shell. Place the remaining crust over the top, centering it as before. Trim the shells and then gently fold the two crusts together and flute. Cut a design in the top or at least make slits for steam to escape.
Brush the top with milk and sprinkle with dots of butter. Bake at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes. Reduce that to 350 degrees and bake for at least another 25 minutes or until the crush is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
To serve this old-fashioned apple pie the traditional way, top each pie slice with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. You may even want to really “go country’ by substituting the above toppings with a thin slice of sharp cheddar cheese.