Tried and true recipes that have been favorites for generations...
I couldn't begin a blog about tried and true recipes without bringing Apple Pie to the table. Let's go back to the basics of flaky homemade crust and warm sweet fresh apples. An added bonus is the aroma of cinnamon that fills your home.
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 cup shortening
4 to 6 tbsp. ice cold water
The Flaky Crust
In a mixing bowl, add flour, salt and shortening. Using a fork, work the shortening in until it's a crumb mixture. Add water and mix in just until mixture begins to come together. Take two-thirds of the dough and roll on floured surface. Put into pie plate.
8 to 10 medium apples
1 cup white sugar (if apples are tart use 1 1/2 cups sugar)
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
4 pats of butter
Peel 8 to 10 medium sized apples. (I use Macintosh or Empire because they are sweeter and softer.) Cut apples into wedges, and add on top of the bottom crust. Sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg all over the top. Add pats of butter. Now cover with the remaining 1/3 of the dough. Cut a few vent lines in the top and seal the edges with a fork.
Bake in a 425 degree oven for 45 minutes or until browned and bubbling juices are visible. Putting a cookie sheet underneath to catch the juices will help keep your oven clean. Add a scoop of ice cream and enjoy.