(APPLES-CORNSTARCH) YIELD 2 9-INCH-DEEP DISH PIES
- 4 PIE CRUST
- 9 cups APPLES SLICED, FRESH
- 1 C +2Tbsp SUGAR GRANULATED
- ¼ tsp SALT
- ¼ tsp CINNAMON GROUND
- ¼ tsp NUTMEG GROUND
- 1/3 cup CORNSTARCH
- 1 ¼ cup WATER COLD
- 1 Tbsp JUICE LEMON
- 1 ¼ c WATER COLD
- Sift together flour and salt in mixer bowl.
- Add shortening to dry ingredients. Mix at low speed 30 seconds or until shortening is evenly distributed and mixture is granular in appearance.
- Add water; mix at low speed 1 minute until dough is just formed.
- Chill dough for at least 1 hour for ease in handling.
- DIVIDE DOUGH: Divide dough into 2-7-1/2 oz pieces for bottom crust and 2-7 oz pieces for top crust; place on lightly floured board.
- ROLL DOUGH: Sprinkle each piece of dough lightly with flour; flatten gently. Using a floured rolling pin, roll lightly with quick strokes from center out to edge in all directions. Form a circle 1 inch larger than pie pan and about 1/8 inch thick. Bottom crust will be slightly thicker. Shift or turn dough occasionally to prevent sticking. If edges split, pinch cracks together.
- BOTTOM CRUST: Fold rolled dough in half; carefully place into ungreased pie pan with fold at center. Unfold and fit carefully into pie pan, being careful not to leave any air spaces between pan and dough.
- TOP CRUST: Roll top crust in same manner as bottom crust. Fold in half; with knife, make several small slits near center fold to allow steam to escape during baking. Brush outer rim of bottom crust with water. Lay top crust over filling with fold at center; unfold and press edges of two crusts together lightly.
- REMOVE EXCESS DOUGH: Trim overhanging edges of dough by using a knife or spatula. (Incorporate excess dough into next crust, if needed.) There should be little excess if skill is used in weighing and rolling dough.
- SEAL PIE: Press edges of crust firmly together or crimp with the thumb and forefinger to make a fluted edge.
- WASHED TOP: For a washed top, brush pies with appropriate wash as follows: Egg and Milk Wash. Allow glaze to dry on crust before baking to eliminate dark spots.
- Peel, core, and slice apples; apples for use in Step 5.
- Add 1 ¼ cups water and combine with sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; bring to a boil.
- Combine cornstarch and water; stir until smooth. Add gradually to boiling mixture. Cook at medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and clear. Remove from heat.
- Fold apples, lemon juice and butter or margarine carefully into thickened mixture. Cool thoroughly.
- Pour 4 to 4 ½ cups filling into each unbaked pie shell. Cover with top crust. Seal edges.
- Using a convection oven, bake at 375 F. for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned.