Traditional Apple Pie: A Thanksgiving Treat!
Thanksgiving is that time of the year when family and friends gather for dinner and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. It is celebrated on the 2nd Monday of October in Canada and the 4th Thursday of November in the US. Initially, we thought that Canada’s harvest season is earlier because of the early onset of winter but it turns out that there is a historical significance to the celebration.
Since Thanksgiving is just around the bend, we thought it best to set aside the initial article and re-post a Thanksgiving treat that we usually associate with this season. The recipe featured here was adapted by our loved ones from Tyler Florence of the Food Network but whenever there is any modification in the recipe, the bakers took note of it.
Incidentally, apple pie is good when served with vanilla ice cream! Hope you enjoy this recipe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Traditional Apple Pie
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
¾ cups shortening (Crisco)
In a medium mixing bowl cut the shortening and salt. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of ice water over the mixture and mix just until the dough is moistened. Repeat by adding 6 to 8 tbsp water (one a time) until all is just moist.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Divide the dough in half and roll into a ball. Roll 1 ball into a circle to fit a 9 to 10 inch pie plate.
Transfer the pastry to the pie plate, careful not to stretch the pastry. Trim it even on the edges of the plate.
Add the apple filling into the pastry lined pie plate. Cut butter into small pieces and put on top of the filling.
Roll the remaining pastry into a 10-12 inch circle. Place on top of the filling.
Trim the edges of the pie plate and crimp as desired. Cut slits to allow steam to escape when baking.
Sprinkle a little sugar and cinnamon over the pie.
Cover the edges with foil to prevent over browning. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
Filling: We did this first and let it stand before making the dough.
½ cup to 1 cup all purpose flour
6 to 7 cups apples cut into thin slices (we used gala apples)
1 cup white sugar We lessened these to about ¾ cup each.
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon – We added a little more of this.
2 tbsp butter
Combine ingredients in a medium bowl until apples are well coated.