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The Perfect Apple Pie

  • Prep Time: 35 Minutes (Total Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes)
  • Serving Size: 10
  • 2-1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Shortening
  • 6 cups Thinly Sliced Peeled Tart Apples (about 4 Large Apples)
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice (optional)
  • 5 to 7 tablespoons Ice Cold Water
  • PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Mix flour and salt in large bowl. Cut in shortening using a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

    ADD water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, mixing lightly with fork until flour mixture is evenly moistened and clings together when pressed into a ball. Divide dough in half; shape each half into 1/2-inch-thick round. Wrap each dough round in plastic wrap; refrigerate 10 to 15 min.

    MEANWHILE, toss apples with sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice in large bowl; set aside. Place 1 dough round between 2 large sheets of plastic wrap; roll out dough with rolling pin to flatten slightly, working from center of dough to the edge. Turn over; continue rolling until dough round is about 2 inches larger than diameter of inverted 9-inch pie plate.

    PEEL off top piece of plastic wrap; invert dough into pie plate. Peel off remaining piece of plastic wrap; press dough evenly onto bottom and up side of pie plate, being careful not to stretch the dough. Trim any dough hanging over edge of pie plate with sharp knife or kitchen scissors; reserve trimmings.

    FILL with apple mixture; set aside. Roll out remaining dough as directed; place over filling. Trim top crust about 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold edge of top crust under edge of bottom crust; pinch edges together to form a ridge. Flute edge (see Tip). Cut several slits near center of pie to allow steam to escape.

    BAKE 45 to 50 min. or until juices form bubbles that burst slowly. Cool.

    RECIPE COURTESY OF KRAFT FOODS

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