Farm Girl Friday -9 September 2011


Any Farm Girl worth her salt should be able to make pie.  Apple pie is one of our favourites.  Here's my easy recipe:
Pastry   this recipe makes about 4 shells, depending on the size of your pie plate

4 c flour                                  1 t sugar
1 t salt                                      1 t bk powder
1 1/2 c lard                            1 t vinegar
1 egg                                         1/2 c cold water
Mix together the dry ingredients.   Then cut in the lard, fairly finely.  Add water, egg and vinegar.  Mix to make a dough.  You can let the dough rest in the fridge but I find that unnecessary.  I roll it out as soon as it's ready.
Half a recipe makes a two crust pie in my 10x2 inch pie plate.

Filling
enough sliced apples to fill the pie plate
1 c wt sugar, depending on sweetness of apples
1 T cornstarch                 1/2 t cinnamon
I always mix the apples with the cinnamon sugar, but you can just pour over the apples if that's how you like it.
Bake 375F for 40-45 minutes


This pastry is very forgiving.  It's not half as difficult to make good pie as the 'professional' chefs like to make it seem.  In fact, Ella helped make this pie.

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