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The Perfect Apple Pie

Recipe By: Caroline Imig
Year Submitted: 2015
Winner First Place


2/3 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Shortening
2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon salt
4-5 Tablespoons cold ice water

8 cups thinly sliced apples (peeled, quartered, cored and slices crosswise)
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon apple pie spice
1 tablespoon flour


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut shortening into flour and salt until particles are the size of small peas. Sprinkle in ice water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork until all flour is moistened and a ball of dough can be formed. Add more water if necessary. Refrigerate dough until ready to roll.

Mix all ingredients with the apple slices. Roll out refrigerated pie crust dough, place in pie pan. Add apple mixture. Top with remaining crust. Cut a few small slashes in top crust for a steam vent. With pastry brush, brush on egg wash (beat one egg with 1 Tablespoon of milk).
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 and continue baking for another 20 minutes.