Is there anything more deliciously American than a warm slice of apple pie? With a flaky crust and a perfectly spiced filling, it’s no wonder this dessert has been a staple in households for generations. But what happens when you try to cut corners and ruin the filling with subpar ingredients or lazy cooking techniques? Well, that’s where this recipe comes in – it’s fail-proof and guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
Double Apple Pie with Cornmeal Crust
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 5 to 7 tablespoons ice water
- 6 cups thinly sliced, peeled, and cored apples (6 medium)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Preheat your oven to 375°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, salt, and sugar. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water over the flour mixture, gently tossing with a fork. Repeat with remaining water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough is moistened.
- Form the dough into a ball and divide into two halves. On a lightly floured surface, flatten one of the halves with your hands. Roll out with a rolling pin until it is 1/8-inch thick and large enough to fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim the edges of the crust to 1/2 inch beyond the edge of the pie plate.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine apples, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Toss gently and spoon into the pastry-lined pie plate.
- Dot the filling with butter or margarine. Roll out the remaining pastry and place it over the filling. Trim the edges and pinch together the top and bottom crusts to seal. Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape during baking.
- Brush milk over the top crust and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for at least one hour before serving.
- If your apples are particularly juicy, you may want to sprinkle them with a tablespoon or two of flour before baking.
- If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract or a pinch of cloves to the filling.
- Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat.
With its flaky crust and perfectly spiced filling, this apple pie recipe is a classic that’s sure to please. Whether you serve it up for a holiday meal or enjoy it on a lazy Sunday afternoon, there’s no denying the comforting aroma and delicious flavors of this timeless dessert. So why settle for a subpar pie? Follow this fail-proof recipe and treat yourself to a slice of perfection.