Homemade Apple Pie

I'm really working hard on teaching myself how to cook. I like a challenge and really think that with enough practice I'll get the hang of it, or at least some easy recipes! My granny used to make pies all the time when we were kids, so after seeing a friend bake one recently, I decided to give it a try! Mine may not be the prettiest pie in the world, but not too shabby for my first try! And it was delicious, so that's the important part!



2 cups flour


2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening

4-6 tablespoons water



1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

8 cups peeled and sliced apples

2 tablespoons butter



For the pastry, combine the flour and a little salt. Cut in the shortening until the dough starts to clump into little pieces. Sprinkle mixture with water until all dough is moistened. Gather dough into a ball, then divide into two. Flatten each ball on a lightly floured surface. 

Refrigerate until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable, usually around 45 minutes. 

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. 

Take one of your pastries and roll out into round two inches larger than a 9 inch pie glass. Place in dish, pushing the dough against the sides. Set aside. 

For the filling mix the sugar, 1/4 cup of flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in apples until evenly coated. Spoon into pastry lined dish. Cut butter into small pieces and sprinkle over filling. 

Roll out your other ball of dough. and cut into strips. Weave strips over pie, cutting off excess. fold over edge of crust to seal. Can choose to sprinkle with sugar. 

Cover the edge of your pie with foil. Cook for 40-50 minutes, until filling is bubbling. Remove the foil for the last 15 minutes! 

Let cool and enjoy! Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for something especially sinful! 

Finn thought that it looked yummy too!