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Fall Apple Pie

Fall Apple Pie is a classic recipe for the cool weather season. This recipe is easy to make and perfectly sweet.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 -12
Author: Kim Beaulieu

Ingredients

For the Pie Dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla salt
  • 1 cup butter cold, cubed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening cold, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 more teaspoon ice water

For the Filling:

  • 6 Granny Smith Apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Juice from half a small lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter cubed

For the Top:

  • Leftover pie dough
  • Food Colouring

Instructions

For the Pie Dough:

  • In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, butter and margarine. Use a pastry blender to mix until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle with first batch of water and incorporate it until dough comes together. Do not overwork.
  • Add more water if necessary.
  • Divide into two balls.
  • Roll out dough between two pieces of waxed paper.
  • Roll first one into the non stick sprayed pie plate.
  • Roll out second and set aside in the fridge till ready to use. (not now, after the pie is filled, right now your blind baking it)
  • Pop in a preheated 450 degree oven for 30 minutes. Use pie weights.
  • Remove and let cool.

For the Filling:

  • Mix apples, both sugars, flour, salt, spices and lemon together. Let set for about 15 minutes to allow the lemon and sugar to work a little magic on the apples.
  • Pour into cooled pie crust.
  • Sprinkle the top with butter.
  • If you are like me you'll probably want to add more nutmeg and cinnamon. I love adding more to the top.
  • Cook for 15 to 20 minutes on 450 degrees.
  • Remove and allow to cool.

For the Top:

  • Remove other half of dough from fridge.
  • Cut tree pattern into it. (Save the excess dough)
  • Place over pie and cut off excess. (Save the excess dough)
  • Pinch the ends so it's pretty.
  • Now take the leftover dough and add food colouring to it. I only had green for some weird reason so I did green leaves, but it would look smashing with fall colours.
  • Roll small pieces into balls. Then flatten them out into almost diamond shapes. Then use your fingers or a knife to shape them into leaves. Use the knife or finger to make little marks so they look like leaves. Place them randomly on the tree cutout. Press down.
  • Place pie in 450 degree oven for 30 minutes, then lower oven to 350 degrees for another 30 minutes.
  • Remove and allow to cool.
  • Cut into pieces.
  • Serve with a big old apple smile!