Perfect Apple Pie Recipe

  • CRUST:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup Crisco - chilled
  • 1/2 cup water - ice cold
  • 4 cups apples - chose a tart apple like Granny Smith, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch - or quick tapioca
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter - to dot
  • 1 tablespoon milk - or cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
1.5 hrs
45 mins
2.5 hrs
  • Measure flour and salt into medium bowl, cut crisco into small pieces and drop in the flour.
  • With a pastry blender, two knives or fingers working very quickly toss and work the shortening into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • Sprinkle in the water a small amount at a time, mixing with a fork until the mixture forms moist (not wet) dough.
  • Form dough into 2 balls.
  • Roll on a floured surface into a circle; place the bottom crust into pie shell.
  • For the filling, toss the apples with sugar, corn starch or tapioca, cinnamon, salt and lemon juice in a bowl until apples are coated.
  • Add filling to the bottom crust, dot with butter.
  • Roll top crust and cover pie (moisten the edges and pinch to create a seal).
  • Bake in 425° F oven for 15 minutes reduce heat to 375° F and continue baking for 30 minutes.
  • Brush with milk or cream, sprinkle with sugar and return to oven for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, place on a rack to cool.
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