granny's apple pie

in the spirit of giving thanks and sharing with others, i've decided to post the best freagin' apple pie recipe known to mankind. as far as i know, this is a family secret, and the 'granny' method of rolling out the crust and measuring is sacred. so you should feel pretty darn special right now.

my granny curtis was one of the best pastry and dessert chefs around (just ask my dad about the eclairs and new jersey). of course you can use this crust recipe with any pie, but this apple is my favorite, and this is my blog, so there you go.

Granny Curtis' Pie Crust:

(makes two 9" pie crusts)
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 t salt
2/3c shortening (only use crisco, it's the best)
5-7 T ice cold water (depends on how humid your climate is)

1. Mix salt and flour
2. Add crisco- barely mix until small clumps form (about the size of peas)
You can do this by "cutting it in" with two knives, using a pastry cutter, or slowly, slowly mixing with a kitchenaid. i've never tried w/ a hand mixer.
3. Add cold water all at once- barely mix until just wet
4. Clump together with hands into one large ball-cut in half
5. Roll out between two pieces of wax paper ALWAYS starting in the middle of the ball (I like to go around the clock: 12 o'clock, 6 o'clock,3,9,10,2,5,7 repeat)
6. Release from was paper slowly and place into pie pan.

Apple Pie Filling:

6 cups thinly slice and pared apples
(granny smith or golden delicious are best, but i've taken a liking to gala too)
3/4-1 cup sugar
2 T flour
1 t ground cinnamon
1 dash nutmeg
2 T butter

1.Combine all dry ingredients, except butter, well.
2.Add apples.
3.Place into pie crust- cut up butter into small pieces and arrange on top of apples.
4.Cover with remaining pie crust. Seal the edges with water or egg whites. Cut crust off with butter knife at the edges and form to your liking. I use the finger pinch. Brush top of crust with egg whites, sprinkle with sugar, cut some slits for vents in also.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Then at 375 degrees for another 25 minutes.


Becky J. said...

This looks so good! I might just try it this week! We have pie night the night before Thanksgiving so that you actually get to eat the pie instead of being too stuffed to eat it and invite people over, so I've got to do it by myself this year and am a little nervous to make a bunch of pies. I'll let you know if I try it! Thanks!

Camrin said...

this is prefect! i am in charge of pie this year and apple is on the list so i might just have to steal this recipe to try it out. thanks for sharing! :)

Melanie said...

Such a good one! Every time I make it, people want the recipe. (I use a little less water in the crust because it's more humid here.)

I cut thicker slices of apples too, so they don't get too soft and soggy. Your mom taught me that trick.

Annie Leavitt said...

yes- if you use golden delicious i cut thicker slices. but the granny smith's are a little tarter so i like them thin.
(i still like them soggy too though:)

Carrie said...

ooh...that looks so yummy! i'll definitely have to give it a try!

Unknown said...

Just found this via The Rockstar Diaries.. Totally going to make this for Thanksgiving this year! Thank you for Sharing!!

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