Thursday, July 10, 2008

Apple Pie.

This is an all time favorite dessert in my house. Don't Panic to make a pie on your own. I am narrating below a 100% fool proof recipe. But follow all the steps to get a perfect apple pie.

To make Crust:

2 1/2 cups All purpose flour.
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cold butter, broken into small pieces
5 tbsp. cold vegetable shortening
8 tbsp. ice water
Mix the flour, sugar and salt together.
Add the chilled butter pieces and shortening to the bowl. Mix them coarsely.
Add the ice water. Mix until the dough holds together .(Like pizza crust dough or Indian chapathi dough)
Then divide the dough in to two equal portions.
Flatten each half into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap (clear wrap) and chill for at least half an hour.
Roll out one of the disks on a lightly floured surface until you have a circle that's about 12 inches in diameter.
Put the circle in a 9" pie plate, trim extra dough from the edges . Return it to the refrigerator until you are ready to make the pie.

Next step:
Add filling (see below)
Roll out the second ball of dough and cover top. Use a fork to pinch the edges together. cut a couple slits in the top.

To make Filling:
1/3 to 2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
8 medium sized apples (a medium apple = about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons butter.

Heat oven to 425 degrees.
Remove skin and seeds of the apple and slice it in to small pieces.
Mix sugar, flour,cinnamon, and salt in large bowl.
Stir in apples.
Pour into the already prepared pastry-lined pie plate.
Cover with top crust and seal the edges. Cut slits in the top.
Cover edge with a strip of aluminum foil to prevent too much browning.
Remove foil during last 15 minutes of baking.
Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust.

Serving suggestions:
Makes a wonderful snack or dessert.Some times the left overs can be used as a good breakfast too.

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