Lately, I haven’t been making as many pies as I once did. Probably related to two things, first, I’m certainly more health conscious than I was 20 years ago. And, lets face it, with a cup of shortening/butter/lard in one double crust pie, it doesn’t matter if the filling is all carrots, quinoa and celery, it could never be considered a health food.
However, sometimes healthy just isn’t the priority…comfy and homey is, and a pie certainly fits that criteria.
Secondly, now that I’m a little “older”, the fat and calories from a pie doesn’t fall off like it used to. Now it hangs on tightly and snuggles into my hips and thighs!
Well, this past Sunday I was thinking all comfy and homey. I had a few different varieties of apples that needed to be used, so I thought, why not. This is the result –
I had never done this before, guess I was in a bit of a rebellious mood, and in the filling I substituted brown sugar for white.
Because of the mix of apples and tart/sweetness I put in about 1/2 cup and also added nutmeg, cinnamon and some flour.
The filling was delicious!! I will never again use white sugar in an apple pie and I can’t believe I had never tried this before..
- 2 cups flour
- ¾ tsp. salt
- 1 cup shortening/ butter or lard
- (I usually use vegetable shortening or butter)
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp. "ice" water
- (I actually float a couple ice cubes in a little bowl of cold water and use that water in pie the crust)
- 1 Tbsp.white vinegar
- Combine flour and salt in a large bowl.
- Cut shortening/butter/lard into flour, until mixture is uniform and resembles peas in size.
- In a measuring cup or small bowl and using a fork, beat egg. Add ice water and vinegar. Beat with fork to combine.
- Pour evenly over flour mixture and stir gently with a fork until mixture is all moistened.
- Gently form mixture into a ball
- Cut ball in two equal pieces
- Form each half into a ball and gently flatten to form a disc shape.
- Using a floured rolling pin and working on a lightly floured surface, roll each disk to fit pie plate from the centre out to form a disc.
- You may need to re-position disc and add a little flour as you work.
- Roll dough onto rolling pin and transfer to pie plate
Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions.