You will need the following Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening
4 to 6 tablespoons cold water
Apple Pie Filling
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 cups peeled, cored, and thinly sliced tart apples such as Granny Smith (about 6 medium)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, if desired for flavor
You will also need the following materials:
Oven preheated to 425 degrees fahrenheit
9 Inch glass pie pan
Paring knife and cutting board to peel, core, and slice the apples
Two large mixing bowls
Wooden spoon to stir apple filling and mix the flour and salt together (I like to use a whisk for mixing dry ingredients together)
Measuring cups and spoons
Fork to mix water into pastry dough
Wax paper to roll out crust
Aluminum foil strips to cover outer crust when baking to prevent excessive browning
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Bake Time: 40-50 minutes
Step 1: Mix 2 Cups of Flour and 1 Teaspoon of Salt Together for the Pie Crust Using a Whisk or a Spoon.
Step 2: Cut in 2/3 Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons of Shortening Using a Pastry Blender.
To "cut in" means working a fat, such as shortening, into dry ingredients with two knives or a pastry blender until well mixed.
Step 3: Sprinkle the Flour and Shortening Mixture With Cold Water 1 Tablespoon at a Time.
Be careful not to over mix the dough or it may make the end product tough.
Step 4: Gather the Pastry Dough Together and Form Two Balls.
Divide the dough into two balls and cover with plastic wrap. Set these balls in the refrigerator until the apple filling is prepared. This will make the dough easier to work with and keep the shortening cold so the dough will turn out flaky and tender.
Step 5: Prepare the Apple Pie Filling.
Step 6: Roll Out the Pie Crusts.
Crust should be approximately two inches wider in diameter than the pie pan turned upside down. This is about one inch of pie crust extending around the pie pan on all sides.
Step 7: Put the Bottom Crust in the Pie Pan.
Put the dough in the pie pan and unfold. Gently press around the bottom and sides of the pie pan.
Step 8: Add the Apple Filling to the Pie.
If desired for flavor, cut 2 tablespoons of butter into chunks and add on top of the apple mixture.
Step 9: Assemble the Top Crust on the Pie.
The top crust needs to be sealed to the bottom crust in order to keep the filling in. Either crimp the edges together, as seen in the picture above, or seal by pressing edges with a fork.
After the top crust is assembled on the pie, cut slits on the top to release steam while baking.
Step 10: Bake the Pie and Enjoy!
Optional Tip: The outside crust can be covered with thin strips of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning during the baking process. If you want to do this, form the aluminum strips around the pie crust and edge of pan and then remove during the last fifteen minutes of baking to allow some browning.
Enjoy your delicious homemade apple pie!