Homemade Apple Pie is all that you’re dreaming of PLUS more! Delish!!
The saying “as American as apple pie” describes things that represent the best of American culture. People use this expression when talking about things like blue jeans, baseball, and rock-n-roll music.
But why use apple pie in our pie? Why not some other fruit, like a cherry or peach? The reason might be a man known as Johnny Appleseed.
A lot of stories and even a few poems have been written about Johnny Appleseed over the years. They made him into a larger than life folk hero.
Johnny Appleseed was a real person. It was the name given to a man named John Chapman. Many Americans consider him responsible for popularizing apples in the United States.
John Chapman was born in Massachusetts in 1774 during the Revolutionary War against Britain. His father reportedly fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill and later served under General George Washington. While John’s mother died in childbirth, his father made it home from battle. He taught his son everything he knew about farming.
The young Chapman took his father’s lessons to heart.
For 40 years, it is said that Johnny Appleseed cleared land and planted apple seeds in the Midwestern states of the U.S. In a short time, the seeds grew to become trees that produced fruit.
Apples were an important food for the early American settlers. Apples offered something different in daily meals. They were easy to grow and store for use throughout the year.
Perhaps the story of Johnny Appleseed has made apples and apple pie so very American. Historians can debate that. But this we do know. Apples are at the core (Get it? “Core” is the center of the apple.) of many common sayings. 🙂
This Homemade Apple Pie is to help us start getting ready for the 4th of July!!!
This Homemade Apple Pie comes straight from my heart. Why do you ask??? Because I have many memories of baking this Homemade Apple Pie with my grandma in her kitchen. I’ll forever cherish my time, baking with her. We talked and laughed as we baked. Sometimes… I sincerely and honestly wish I could go back to being a young girl, just so that I could go and spend a week at my grandma’s house like I used to do every summer.
Homemade Apple Pie will make you all kinds of festive this 4th of July! Yummm!!!
Much Love & Peace,
Madeliene & Ruthie
- Apple Pie Filling:
- 6 cups thinly sliced tart apples, approx 4
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pie Crust:
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1¼ cup shortening
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 6 tablespoon water, cold
- Egg White Wash:
- 2 egg whites + 1 tablespoon water
- Apple Pie Filling:
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine; set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Pie Crust:
- In a mixing bowl combine flour and salt; mix.
- Cut in shortening with pastry cutter or 2 knives.
- Add egg and vinegar; cut in until pea sized.
- Sprinkle cold water over dough 2 tablespoons at a time, cutting in with each addition.
- Will form into soft dough.
- Work dough as little as possible.
- Lightly sprinkle flour on counter top, roll out ¼ of dough to approx 12 inch circle, lay into 9 or 10 inch pie pan, and trim edges with knife.
- Fill pie with desired filling.
- Flute edge, using pastry brush lightly brush egg white wash over crusts edge.
- Bake 25-30 minutes until lightly browned.
- yields: 4 crusts
- For decorative edge, use small leaf cookie cutter to cut out dough and place on edge of dough, using a dab of egg whites with finger on the back of each leaf to secure. Brush with egg whites and bake as directed.
- To weave the top crust of pie; cut 1 inch wide slices out of rolled out crust. Lay them vertically with 1 inch space between each strip on the top of pie. Starting in opposite direction with the same spacing weave each slice under and over the vertical pieces to achieve woven look. Brush with egg whites and bake as directed.