Favorite Apple Pie
CATEGORIES
Pie 
INGREDIENTS
  • 8 to 10 tart apples cut into ½” slices
  • 1¼ cups brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 2½ tablespoons sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ tablespoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
DIRECTIONS
  1. 1. Combine sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, water, and lemon juice in a large saucepan; cover and simmer slowly until “almost” tender (5 to 7 minutes – do NOT overcook since they cook again later).
  2. 2 Blend flour and sugar; add to apples then cook uncovered, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  3. 3. Remove from heat and add vanilla, salt, and butter; cool.
  4. 4. Make crust and topping.
  5. Crust: (makes two crusts, one for bottom and one for top)
  6. 2 cups flour
  7. ⅔ cup Crisco shortening
  8. ¼ cup cool water
  9. 1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  10. 2. Put flour and Crisco in a bowl; use two kitchen knives to cut it up into pea-size pieces.
  11. 3. Add cool water and blend with fork (if too dry, add 1 more teaspoon water – no more).
  12. 4. Form a ball; firm it.
  13. 5. Sprinkle flour lightly on wax paper, flour a rolling pin, and then roll out dough to ⅛” thick.
  14. 6. Roll dough up over rolling pin, unroll into 9” pie shell, and trim edges; bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  15. 7. Repeat steps 4 through 5 for the top crust.
  16. Topping:
  17. 3 tablespoons light Karo syrup
  18. ⅓ cup pecans, chopped
  19. 2+ tablespoons flour
  20. ¼ cup brown sugar
  21. 2+ tablespoons butter
  22. 1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  23. Assembly:
  24. 1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  25. 2. Add cooled apple filling to pie pan and top with other crust; seal edges and make slits on top.
  26. 3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  27. 4. Pour topping over hot pie and bake about 5 minutes more