Mama's Apple Pie


I've never made a true-blue apple pie.. I've made apple tarts, baked apples and a number of other apple dishes to use up a bunch of leftover apples but never a pie! I looove when my mom makes hers so thought I would whip one up Sunday night.. I haven't really cooked since I've been home from Europe since James has been off and making some really great dinners such as BBQ pizza and rotisserie chicken on the BBQ *drool*...
The pie ended up turning out pretty good although I would use more apples next time... Here is our family recipe!
1/3 cup boiling water
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups flour 
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1. Using a pastry blender cut shortening with boiling water until it is a mushy consistency
2. Add flour, baking powder and salt and mix with pastry blender until you can form it into a ball and it is incorporated evenly.
3. Place on floured waxed paper and cut in half. Roll one half to size of the bottom of your baking dish and turn waxed paper upside down and peel pastry off into dish. Repeat for top layer with second half once your filling is in the bottom part of the shell.
8-10 ripe apples cored, peeled and sliced - This machine is the BEST for this! Takes SECONDS to do each apple:
Way quicker!
This peeler also slices the apples into rings!
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 Tbs. butter

Place apples in pie crust and mound them to be higher in the middle - the apples will shrink significantly while baking.
  Sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg over the apples and then dot the top with some butter to make the apples juicier and more moist.
Pop the lid on and bake! Remember to put a vent in the top so the steam can escape on the pie. 
Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees and then switch to 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until you can see the pie start to bubble and the crust turn golden brown.


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