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“Pi” Day

Happy π Day! Baked my first pie ever.  Went with an all-American classic: apple pie.  Your kitchen will smell amazing after making this.

Recipe adapted from Sugary Winzy

Pie Filling Ingredients: 5 peeled and thinly sliced apples (you can use any kind, but I recommend Granny Smiths and Mackintosh), 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp salt

Pie Crust Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tbsp butter, 1/2 cup shortening, 3/4 tsp salt, 7-8 tbsp cold water

1. Mix the apples with the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

2. Cover with plastic wrap and cool in the refrigerator as you prepare the pie crust.

3. Mix the salt and flour.  Add in shortening and butter.  I find it easier to mix with your hands at this point.  The flour should resemble pea-sized crumbles.

4.  Add the water one tablespoon at a time.  It should be enough of a dough-like consistency to roll into a ball.

5. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

6.  Take out the dough and cut in half.  Each piece will make up the top and bottom crust.

7.  Roll out the bottom crust on a lightly floured surface.  The crust size should be slightly larger than the pan size.

8.  Transfer the crust to a lightly grease 9″ pie pan.  Press the crust against the bottom and sides of the pan.  Bring the pan with the crust to the refrigerator to cool while rolling out the top crust.

9.  Roll out the top crust in the same manner.  You can choose to keep it as one piece or cut strips to weave.

10.  Take out both the bottom crust and filling.  Pour in the filling into the pan and then place the top crust.  Pinch the sides together, completely sealing the crust.  You can form a decorative crust.  Cut slits on the top crust to allow steam to escape when baking.

11. Make an egg wash by lightly beating one egg with 1 tbsp of water.  Brush on top of the pie crust.

12.  Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes.

Just admiring that flaky buttery golden crust

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