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apples (approximately 8 medium apples)
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
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.
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