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Red Lion Apple Pie

Red Lion Inn Apple Pie

Red Lion Apple Pie

President Calvin Coolidge said he never ate anything half as good as the pork apple pies his stepmother made. One hopes he and Mrs. Coolidge tried the Red Lion Inn apple pie on one of their visits. We bet it’s every bit as good as his mom’s.

Yields 1 pie

  • 5 pounds McIntosh apples, peeled, cored and sliced (If McIntosh are not available, substitute another tart apple such as Cortland.)
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Crust for a two-crust pie (recipe follows)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Preheat oven to 375º.

Place apples in a large bowl. Combine 1 cup of the sugar and the cinnamon and add to the apples. Toss until well mixed.

Fill the unbaked pie shell with the apple mixture, and dot with the butter. Fit the top crust over the filling, and crimp the top and bottom edges together to seal the apples in.

Whisk together the egg and the milk. Brush the top crust with this egg wash and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Pierce the top crust in several places with a sharp knife.

Bake at 375º for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the apples are tender when tested with a thin knife.… Read the rest

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Lisa Newmann’s Accidental Apple Pie

Apple Pie
Photo courtesy of Carole Murko

CRUST (pâte brisée)

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks chilled unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons ice water

Blend flour, sugar, salt and butter (by hand or in a food processor); add the ice water and shape the dough into a ball. Flatten the ball and press into a fluted pie plate.

TOPPING (make it and chill it)

  • ½ stick unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar (or a mix of white and brown)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350° F.

FILLING

  • 2⁄3 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1½ cups sour cream
  • 1½ teaspoons ginger
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg plus 2 whites
  • 5 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced

In a large bowl, mix together the sour cream, sugar, salt, spices, eggs and flour. Add the sliced apples and toss carefully. Place filling into crust and sprinkle chilled, crumbled topping over the top (or make pâte brisée in shapes of leaves, stars, hearts….)

Bake at 350° for 60–75 minutes. Let pie cool; then refrigerate.

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Jefferson Diller’s Perfect Apple Pie

Adapted from Professional Baking by Wayne Gissle We love this formula! It makes a mean apple pie! We prefer Honeycrisp apples from Windy Hill orchard in Great Barrington. The below formulas will yield one 9-inch pie.

  • 2 pounds apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water, cold
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons butter

Sauté the apples lightly in the first quantity of butter until they are slightly softened. Add the first quantity of sugar as the apples cook. This draws juice from the apples, which will then simmer in these juices.

Mix the water and cornstarch until smooth. Add the starch mixture to the apples and boil until the liquid is thick and clear.

Remove from the heat. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir gently until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted. Cool completely.

Fill your pie shell. Bake in a conventional oven at 425° F. (conventional) for 30–40 minutes, or in a convection oven at 350° for 25–30 minutes.

PIE DOUGH

  • 2½ cups pastry flour
  • 6½ ounces vegetable shortening
  • 1⁄3 cup water, cold
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

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