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Directions for: Country Apple Pie

Ingredients

Pastry

2 ½ cup all purpose flour

½ tsp fine salt

½ cup unsalted butter

½ cup vegetable shortening

2 Tbsp lemon juice

6 tbsp to 10 tbsp cold water as needed

Filling

8 cup peeled and sliced tart apples, such as Spy or Spartan

¾ cup sugar

½ cup light brown sugar, packed

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

1 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 egg whisked with 2 tbsp cold water for brushing

sugar for sprinkling

Directions

Pastry

1. Combine flour with salt. Cut in butter and shortening until mixture is a roughly even crumbly texture.

2. Add lemon juice and water and blend just until dough comes together. Shape into a disc, wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Filling

1. Toss all ingredients except butter together and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 400 °F.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of dough to just under ¼-inch thick. Lightly dust bottom of a 9-inch pie pan with flour and line pan with dough. Fill pastry with apples and dot top with butter.

4. Roll out remaining half of dough and place over apples. Trim and cinch edges of pie and cut in holes in top layer of pastry to let steam escape. Brush top of pie with eggwash and sprinkle lightly with sugar.

5. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 °F and bake about 40 minutes, until filling is bubbling. Cool pie for at least an hour before slicing.

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