Isn’t fall the best?
With its bright blue skies and changing leaves…
I love it all so much!
And it makes me want to bake. A lot.
And eat. A lot.
Must be something about our Canadian winters
that makes us fatten up in the fall in prep for the snow. Gah.
Yet I still bake.
And this weekend was no exception.
These bright blue skies had me craving a good old fashioned apple pie!
So I made one.
Because everywhere you look there are
bins and bins full of seasonal apples.
It’s a bakers dream really.
And if apple pie doesn’t scream fall, I don’t know what does!
It just doesn’t get much better than a good old fashioned apple pie!
I wish you could smell it.
It’s like heaven.
Sugary, cinnamon-y and comforting!
- 5-6 medium apples peeled, cored and sliced, I prefer Macintosh
- 1/2 cup to 3/4 sugar
- 2-3 tbsp flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp salt
Pie crust (This recipe makes 2 crusts.)
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup shortening lard
- 1/4 cup water
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Make the apple mix first.
Combine all of the above ingredients. Set aside.
Sift flour and salt into a bowl.
With a pie cutter, cut in shortening until the particles are pea sized.
Sprinkle in water, 1 tsp or so at a time, mixing lightly with a fork. Don't over mix or the crust will be tough.
Press into a ball. Then split into 2. It is okay if it's crumbly. In fact crumbly makes for a tender, flaky crust!
Lay out a piece of wax or parchment paper, lightly sprinkle it with flour, then roll out one of the crusts for the bottom of the pie. Then press the crust into a 9" pie plate.
Add the apple mixture to the pie and dot with about a 1 tsp butter.
Using new piece of paper, roll out the other crust for the top of the pie, then add it to the top of the pie.
Press the edges of the pie dough together to seal it.
Then cut ventilation slits into the crust.
Make a mixture of sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle it on to the top of the pie crust.
Bake for about 20 minutes at 425 degrees (this will ensure that you don't end up with a soggy bottom crust).
Then after this time, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for about 25-30 minutes more. (Until the crust is lightly browned and the apple mix is bubbling up from under the crust.)
(Oh, and if you follow me on Facebook, yes, that is in fact the apple I withheld from my kid until this picture was taken, hahaha!)
Have a delicious day!