Homemade apple pie is the perfect treat for the last days of summer and the beginning of fall. Apples are in season, so be sure to take advantage of local orchards. Using fruit from the area will create the freshest taste and give it a little extra sweetness. Enjoy the last of summer’s heat by pairing a slice of pie with vanilla ice cream or welcome the first of fall’s crisp nights by serving the pie warm. Adapted from allrecipes.com. Yields (1) 9-inch pie.
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste.
2. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
3. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Mix apples with half of the sugar/flour mixture and pour into crust, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the rest of the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so it does not run off.
4. Bake 50-60 minutes, until apples are soft. Serve cold.
Maureen Witmer is the Director of Outreach and Engagement, as well as the Recipe Specialist for TakeThemAMeal.com. Her recipes and photographs can be found on the recipe section of TakeThemAMeal.com. She and her husband Andrew, a professor of History at James Madison University, live in Harrisonburg, Va. Maureen works from home where she cares for their young children.