I Love You Apple Pie

April 11th, 2011 § 4 comments

I try never to forget to say “I love you”.

But this past week especially, I’ve said it out loud to the people I care about most as many times as possible – and I have even said it with a freshly baked apple pie.

My amazing mother Karen just began a blog of her own titled A Pie a Day Giveaway – and as you may have gathered from that title, she is going to give away a pie a day for the next year.

With this project, she is reaching out to the people closest to her, as well as reaching out further to new friends and acquaintances.  She’s proving that with a little flour, and a lot of heart, you give back to the people around you in a unique way.

I am doing my best to give back to the people I care about most – and this week I started with this pie.  Try it for yourself, it feels (and tastes!) delicious.

I Love You Apple Pie

Recipe courtesy of Karen Amarotico of A Pie a Day Giveaway

  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Ice water
  • Apples
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon juice

Take a pinch less than 6 oz of shortening (crisco or if you like, butter), 1 teaspoon of salt, and 2.5 cups of flour.  What you want to do is cut the shortening into the flour until the flour resembles peas (which is the tiny bits of shortening surrounded by flour).  Now, add 1/2 cup of ice cold water to the flour mixture and stir until combined, but not a moment longer.  You should see streaks of fat in the dough.  You now have enough pie dough to make two pies or one two-crust pie (use a 9 or 10 inch pie pan for this amount of dough).   You might want to let the dough rest a bit before rolling it out.  Don’t overwork the dough – just handle it enough to make it do what you need it to.

You will need about 5 large apples.  Peel, core and slice them.  Toss them with sugar (about 1/2 cup) and cinnamon and a few tablespoons of flour.  Squeeze a little lemon juice over this and toss again.  Put the apples into the prepared crust and top with the second crust.  Make several slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.  Bake at 400 for about an hour.

Optional: use any extra dough to add an “I love you” heart to the top of your pie, or to make mini pies for sharing the love with even more of your nearest and dearest:

PS – I love you.

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