Southern Cooking Pies


5 cups fresh apples, sliced thin
  or use 2 cans 14.5 oz sliced apples ( no sugar added ) Not the ones label “pie filling” with all the goopy thickener added.  Lucky Leaf makes a good one.

2 Tbsps. Flour
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar
¼ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. grated lemon rind
2 Tbsps. Margarine

Mix dry ingredients and place in bottom crust.  Add apples and heap into lower crust and dot with margarine. Seal with the top crust.  Slit crust in several places .Brush top crust with egg wash.  Bake in 450° oven 15 minutes then 350° F. oven 55 minutes.


Note: Before beginning, rub bottom of pie pan so crust will be flakey.

Pastry Ingredients:
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt

1 cup shortening(not butter)
1 cup ice water

Use pastry blender or two table knives to “cut” shortening into flour with salt.  Continue cutting until flour looks like course cornmeal.   Gradually add water.  Depending on the brand of flour, the weather/moisture in the air, not all of the water is needed.  Add water until most of the flour is moistened, but not “wet”.
Separate into two parts and roll out on floured board.

Egg wash
1 egg yolk beaten with 2 Tbsp. water