Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pie Pilgrimage - Blue Ribbon Apple Pie

Baseball/Softball season is upon us.  And although football and NASCAR seem to be the two American sports that rake in the most dough these days, baseball is still nostalgically considered an "All American Past Time."

Baseball isn't the only thing considered "All-American." 

There's also...Apple Pie!

Blue Ribbon Apple Pie
Here's What You Need:
For the crust:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup cold butter, cut into chunks
1/3 cup shortening
4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
For the Filling:
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 medium (6 cups) tart cooking apples, peeled, sliced 1/4-inch
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon sugar

Here's What You Do:
Heat oven to 400°F. Combine 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon sugar, salt, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg in large bowl; cut in 1/3 cup butter and shortening with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in enough water just until flour is moistened.  Divide dough in half; shape each half into a ball. Flatten slightly. Wrap each ball of dough in plastic food wrap and refrigerate.

Roll out remaining ball of dough on lightly floured surface into 12-inch circle. Fold into quarters. Place dough into 9-inch pie pan; unfold dough, pressing firmly against bottom and sides. Trim crust to 1/2 inch from edge of pan; set aside.

Combine all filling ingredients except apples, 1 tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon sugar in large bowl. Add apples; toss lightly to coat.

Spoon apple mixture into prepared crust. Roll remaining ball of dough into 12-inch circle. Fold into quarters. Place dough over filling; unfold. Trim, seal and crimp or flute edge. Cut 5 or 6 large slits in crust. Brush with melted 1 tablespoon butter; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Cover edge of crust with 2-inch strip aluminum foil.

Bake for 35 minutes; remove aluminum foil. Continue baking for 10 to 20 minutes or until crust is lightly browned and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust. Cool pie 30 minutes; serve warm. Store refrigerated.

This recipe came courtesy of the good folks at Land O Lakes butter.  There's nothing better than homemade apple pie for Memorial Day...an All American holiday for sure!

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