To qualify as a great apple pie, the mixture of apples should create a combined sweet-tart flavor balance. Serve slightly warm with vanilla ice cream or with a wedge of cheddar cheese.
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2 tbsp all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 pie crusts
12 apples sliced, peeled, cored (we prefer mixing tart with sweet apples)
3/4 cup sugar, pllus additional for pie top
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1.5 tsp cinnamon (we used 1 tbsp + 1tsp cinnamon)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch ground cloves
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 large egg, beaten
Heat oven to 375F. Create two 1/8-inch thick, 11-inch pie crusts. Press one crust into pie plate. Place the other on waxed paper and cover with plastic wrap. Chill all pastry until firm, about 30 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, lemon zest and juice, spices, and flour. Toss well. Spoon apples into pie pan. Dot with butter, and cover with remaining crust. Cut several steam vents across the top crust. Seal by crimping edges as desired. Brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon sugar (or just plain sugar).
Bake until crust is brown and juices are bubbling, about 1 hour. Let cool on wire rack before serving.
Pie Crust also from MarthaStewart.com:
2 single 10 inch pie crusts:
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into mall pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water.
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 seconds.
- With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream through feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or stick; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: If it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tbsp at a time.
- Divide dough into two equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disc and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill at least 1 hour. Dough may be stored, frozen, up to 1 month.