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Recipe: Apple pie

Materials needed:
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • large sauce pan wooden spoon rolling pin (marble works the best)Ingredients and Directions:
  • 1/3 to 2/3 cup granulated or caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash of salt
  • 6 cups thinly sliced peeled green or tart baking
    apples (approximately 8 medium apples)
  • 2 TBLs Butter Flavor Crisco

    Preheat your oven to 425°. Prepare the pastry for
    a double crust as desribed below. Mix together the granulated or caster sugar, flour,
    cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice and salt in large mixing bowl. Stir
    in the thinly sliced apples.
    2/3 cup Butter flavor Crisco
    2 cups all purpose flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    5 to 7 tablespoons cold water

    Using pastry blender, cut shortening into the flour
    and salt, until the mixture resembles crumbs. Stir in the water with a
    fork until desired moisture is achieved. Add more water if necessary.
    Divide the pastry in half, making a ball to roll out into the crust.
    Place the ball onto a lightly floured surface and roll out thin with the
    lightly floured marble rolling pin. Roll up the crust onto the rolling
    pin slowly and then place over the pie tin to cover evenly. Fit the
    crust into the tin and then cut around the edge with a knife to make a
    neat edge. Sprinkle the bottom pie crust lightly with granulated or
    caster sugar.
    Pour in apple pie filling from above and then repeat
    rolling out the rest of the pie dough for the top crust. After dotting
    the apple pie mixture with dots of Butter Flavor Crisco, place the top
    crust over this mixture. Take a sharp knife and cut air vents into the
    crust. Pinch the edges of the dough around the rim of the pie between
    your thumb and closest finger using the same finger on your other hand.
    Repeat this until all the crust in joined and crimped together. Lightly
    sprinkle more granulated or caster sugar over the finished unbaked pie.

    Bake at 425 degrees F for an hour or until the
    apples are tender. You can check the tenderness by piercing the apples
    through one of the vent holes with a knife and see if it easily goes
    through the apple.

    Let the pie cool off for at least 30 minutes to an
    hour then either serve warm or refrigerate to serve later cold. This of
    course tastes great with vanilla ice cream melting over it while it is
    still warm or whip cream to garnish if served cold.
  • 5/01/2010

    A mother's love determine how

    A mother's love determines how

    We love ourselves and others.

    There is no sky we'll ever see

    Not lit by that first love.

    Stripped of love, the universe

    Would drive us mad with pain;

    But we are born into a world

    That greets our cries with joy.

    How much I owe you for the kiss

    That told me who I was!

    The greatest gift--a love of life--

    Lay laughing in your eyes.

    Because of you my world still has

    The soft grace of your smile;

    And every wind of fortune bears

    The scent of your caress.

    Copyright by Nicholas Gordon