Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Apple Pie - From Scratch

 As you know, we just moved here to SD the beginning of July.  We have heard from everyone: 'You should go to the the Turner County Fair', which is put on in Parker, SD (our town).  It's been a tradition since 1890.  So, we've been anticipating the 'Four Best Days of Summer'.  I read in our paper a few weeks ago that the fair was in need of 50 homemade pies for the Pie Tasting Contest.  I decided to enter an apple pie.  The tasting contest was yesterday.  I didn't place in it, but there was a hard competition with nearly 50 pies to compete against.  However, I do believe you'll find this apple pie recipe to be delicious!  I know it's a hit in our family and will be in yours as well.  

pictured above:  
3c. flour 
1/2tsp. salt
1/2tsp. baking powder, mixed with fork
 bring to a boil:
1/2c. water
add 1 cup oil
 pour into flour mixture
 mix until dough forms, split in half
 roll half of the dough into a circle between two sheets of wax paper.  This makes it not stick to the counter!
 spray your pie tin.  this is just a foil tin as it was for a contest and I wouldn't be getting it back, but you go ahead and grab your pretty pie plate...
 place your first crust into the pie plate.  you'll have dough hang over the circle.
 trim off the edges that are hanging over and throw those back into the other dough for the top crust.
set aside.
 For the filling:
I used 3 Granny Smith apples and 3 Gala apples. 
 Peel, core, and dice them up and toss into a big bowl.
 add about 1c. sugar
2Tbsp. flour
1tsp cinnamon
Stir to coat apples
 Nicely toss into the pie crust.  You'll need to help arrange them so they lay nice and won't poke holes in the top crust.
 'Dot' with 2Tbsp. butter
 Roll out your second crust, between the wax paper again, and place on top.  Fold edges to fit the pie and press gently to seal it with the bottom crust.
Doesn't it look good??
 Use your knife to make 4 cute slits in the top to let the steam out while baking.
 Sprinkle the top with sugar for a nice sparkly look.
 Now it's ready for the oven.
Bake at 350 for an hour, or until top is golden brown.
And...TaDa!  Your pie is baked and ready to eat with a bit of vanilla ice cream...

Pie Crust:
3c. flour
1/2tsp. salt
1/2tsp. baking powder

1/2c. boiling water
1c. oil

Mix those all together.  Split dough in half and roll out between two wax pieces of paper.

Apple Pie Filling:
6 apples (3 Gala, 3 Granny Smith) peeled, cored, diced
about 1c. sugar
2Tbsp. flour
1tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. butter

Bake in oven at 350 for an hour, or until top crust is golden brown.

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