When bags of Cortland Apples pile on the shelf, that's apple pie season. I love the taste of apple pie filling, soft and sweet with a little bit sour, so that you won't feel boring; and the pie crust, crispy, light...
The most difficult job in making a pie is pie crust. I absolutely failed at my first try. Hardworking is good, however, overwork, uh, I told myself, never, never, overwork on the pie crust.
Well, the second time, I got an excellent pie, Hurray!
(1) In a mixing bowl, blend 1/2 cup cake flour and 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour;
(2) Cut 8 tbsp chilled margarine in small portions and sprinkle evenly over the flour mixture;
(3) Slash small margarine portions with fork, hold the bowl, shake it, so that flour can be covered with margarine very well, until mealy;
(4) Sprinkle ice water (I put some ice cubes in the water to maintain the temperature) one tbsp at a time on the flour mixture, shake the bowl to help mealy flour absorb the moisture, totally, 10 tbsp ice water is required;
(5) Although the dough doesn't look like a real dough, with bits and pieces and don't fully hold together, don't hesitate, stop, put down the bowl, open two zipper sandwich bags, halve the "dough" and transfer each portion into one bag, press out gas, and seal the bag;
(6) Quickly form the "dough" into a ball and pat into a flat disk, chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (I chilled them overnight).
(1) 4 cortland apples, peeled and sliced;
(2) Blend apple slices with 1 tbsp lemon juice;
(3) In a bowl, blend 7 tbsp sugar, 3 tbsp all purpose flour, 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder and pour into apple slices;
(4) Blend the mixture until all slices are well covered with cinnamon color.
(1) Flour the working surface, and brush to remove access flour;
(2) Transfer one chilled dough on the board and roll it out into a circle, which is 2 to 3 inches larger than the 9 inch pie pan. Transfer it to the pie pan, shape it well;
(3) Pour filling on the crust, flat the top with a wooden spoon;
(4) Transfer the other chilled dough on the board and roll it out into a circle, 2 to 3 inches larger that the 9 inch pie pan, evenly slice the circle to obtain 10 strips;
(5) Make lattice top following the directions presented in the figures:
(6) Preheat oven to 375F. I like crispy pie, so I only brushed water and sprinkle sugar on the lattice top;
(7) Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 325F, bake for another 40 minutes or until the pie turns to golden-brown in color and filling bubbles.