How to Make Apple Pie

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What's better than homemade apple pie? Not a lot of things. This is a dessert that you can serve year round and it is always popular. Use tart apples for your pies - Granny Smiths and pippins are good choices. This recipe makes one 9-inch pie.

Difficulty:
Moderate

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 to 1 c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 4 tbsp. diced butter
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 2 tbsp. cream
  • 1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
  • 5 c. sliced tart cooking apples
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  • Apple Peeler
  • Pie Pans
  • Chef's Knives
    • 1

      Make pie crust (see "How to Make Basic Piecrust" under Related eHows for instructions) or use frozen pie crust.

    • 2

      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

    • 3

      Peel and core the apples, then slice thinly.

    • 4

      Mix apples lightly with flour, sugar, lemon juice, spices and salt.

    • 5

      Separate dough into two balls.

    • 6

      Sprinkle a light layer of flour onto your work surface and rolling pin.

    • 7

      Roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness.

    • 8

      To transfer the dough to the pie pan, roll it around the rolling pin or fold it into fourths, then move it.

    • 9

      Arrange the dough loosely in the pan.

    • 10

      Trim the edges to a 1-inch overhang.

    • 11

      Add the filling. Top with diced pieces of butter.

    • 12

      Roll out the second ball of dough to 1/8-inch thickness.

    • 13

      Lay the dough over the pie and trim the edges, leaving a 1-inch overhang.

    • 14

      Fold the top edge of the upper crust over the lower crust and squeeze them together.

    • 15

      Crimp the edges by pinching small sections of dough with your fingers.

    • 16

      Use a sharp knife to put several small steam vents in the top.

    • 17

      Sprinkle the upper crust with sugar for sparkle.

    • 18

      Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the crust is golden.

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