How to Make a Baked Apple Pie

How to Make a Baked Apple Pie

Active Prep: 45 min.
Inactive Prep: 1 hr. 45 min.
Servings: 8 to 10 pies

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup water
1 21-ounce can (2 cups) apple pie filling
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Steps:

1. Make the crust by combining the flour with the sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Add the shortening, butter and water and stir well until the ingredients come together into a ball. Use your hands to form the ball, then cover and chill for 1 hour.

2. Prepare the filling by chopping the apples into smaller bits about the size of a dime. You can use a knife, or use a food processor by pouring the entire contents of the can into the processor and pulsing briefly. Stir in the cinnamon.

3. When the dough has chilled, roll it our on a clean floured surface until it is between 1/16 and 1/8 inch thick. Slice the dough into rectangles that are 5 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches tall.

4. To build each pie, brush beaten egg around the edge of a piece of dough. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of filling into the middle of the dough and then press another piece down on top, being sure to firmly seal the edges.

5. When all of the pies are made, let them chill in your refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes. When you are ready to bake the pies, preheat your oven to 425 degree F.

6. Lightly shake ground cinnamon over the top of each pie, then use a kitchen brush to brush most of the cinnamon off the crust, leaving just a little bit behind for color. Use a sharp, lightly oiled paring knife to make 4 1-inch slices in the top of each pie, then place the pies on parchment paper on a baking sheet (or on a nonstick baking mat) and bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until done.