Stopping by to share my Ma’s Apple Pie recipe with you.
It's incredible – if I do say so myself! :-) When my sisters and I were very young, my Italian immigrant parents knew nothing of Thanksgiving, turkeys, pilgrims and apple pie. We had an apple tree in our back yard though and one of our neighbors taught my mom how to make this pie – in exchange for some of our apples. It was a WIN-WIN! Over the years, my mom has refined the recipe into the one I share with you today.
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. sugar
4 sprinkles cinnamon
1 ½ cups butter-flavored shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
7 tbsp. water
Mix flour, salt, sugar and cinnamon. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Sprinkle vanilla then water, one tablespoon at a time, over mixture. Knead dough until it is soft. You may have to add more water, but add it slowly. Separate into two balls.
10 cups apples, peeled and sliced
2 cups sugar
5 tbsp. flour
3 dashes cinnamon
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup powered sugar
2 tbsp. vanilla
1 dash of nutmeg
Stir all ingredients together.
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Roll out one dough ball for bottom of pie. Place in 12-inch cast-iron pan. Add apple filling.
Roll out remainder of dough and cover apples. Fold over edges to seal and reinforce by forking those closed edges.
Slit top of pie with a knife all the way around so it can breathe. Sprinkle top of pie with sugar and cinnamon.
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