Patricia Kuhn Bonita’s Apple PieCrust 1 c flour 1/4 t salt 5 T butter 2/3 c shortening 6-8 T water 1 T sugar Filling 7 New England apples — McIntosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith 3 T butter 1/2 c brown sugar 1/2 c sugar 3-1/2 T flour 1/2 t cinnamon 1/4 t nutmeg 1 T lemon
Denise’s Crunchy Caramel Apple PiePastry crust for a 10-inch pie Filling 1/2 c sugar 3 T cinnamon dash nutmeg 1/8 t salt 6 c sliced New England apples (3 Honeycrisp, 2 Cortland, and 2 Golden Delicious) In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Add apples and toss to coat. Transfer apples to pie crust. Set aside. Crumb topping 1 c packed brown sugar 1/2 c flour 1/2 c quick cooking oats 1/2 c butter 1/2 c chopped pecans 1/4 c caramel topping Stir together brown sugar, flour, and oats. Cut in butter with pastry knife until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (sometimes I have to mix with my hands a bit). Sprinkle crumb topping over apples. Place pie on a cookie sheet to keep your oven clean. Cover crust edges with foil. Bake 25 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking 25-30 minutes, or until apples are soft when pricked with a fork. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with pecans and caramel topping. Cool on a wire rack, serve warm or at room temperature. Either way is delicious! I have been making this pie for years, and it is always requested by my family during apple harvest!
THERE’S A WHOLE SECTION on apple pies and pie-making in America’s Apple, the new book by Russell Steven Powell, including an account of the 2011 Great New England Apple Pie Contest and a winning recipe.
Powell includes favorite apple recipes in his chapter on food. America’s Apple has chapters on apple drinks and heirloom varieties, plus an illustrated index of 120 varieties by Bar Lois Weeks.
For ordering information, visit americasapple.com.
***LEARN HOW a pro does it! See New England Apple Association’s three-part apple-pie making video featuring Andrea Darrow, Green Mountain Orchards, Putney, Vermont: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE5MC-KsNRA&feature=player_embedded] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVJBACmo0Xc&feature=player_embedded] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLztCyFvWxo&feature=player_embedded]