I researched the pros and cons of using shortening and butter. Combining the two via butter-flavored Crisco and adding more flour than normal to the filling, this is a winner of a pie.
4 c. flour
1 T. sugar
1 t. salt
1 c. white Crisco, cold
1 c. butter Crisco, cold
1/2 c. ice water
1 T. white vinegar
1 whole egg, cold
1 t. vanilla
Tools: large bowls, rolling pin, wax paper, coffee cup, peeler, 10-inch glass pie pan, pastry brush
1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Cut up the Crisco over the dry ingredients.
3. Rub the Crisco between your hands to develop a crumbly mixture.
4. Using a fork, mix the water, vinegar, vanilla and egg in a coffee cup then slowly pour it over your flour mixture.
5. Gently fold the dough over itself without kneading it.
6. Divide the dough in two, wrap with plastic wrap then refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
7. In the mean time, prepare the apple filling and preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Set the baking rack on the lowest level in your oven.
Juice of 1 lemon in a large bowl of ice and water
7 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, sliced
¼ c. white sugar
½ c. brown sugar
1 t. cinnamon
½ t. vanilla
4 T. flour
1 T. butter, cubed
1. Peel, core and slice the apples. Place them in the lemon-ice bath to prevent browning. Once all the apples are done, drain the apples.
2. Combine all of set 2 in the bowl with the apples.
3. Do not use additional sugar in the mix as it will draw more liquid out of the apples and your pie will be runny instead of firm. Set aside.
PUT IT TOGETHER
1 egg white
1 egg yolk
2 T. mix of cinnamon and sugar
1. Roll one disk of dough as shown on the video. Trim the edges about ½ an inch from the pie plate.
2. Brush the egg white over the dough and prick dough with a fork.
3. Layer apple slices in the pie pan then sprinkle the cubed butter on top of the apples.
4. Roll out the second disk of dough and cover the apples.
5. Trim the edges then crimp and decorate it to seal in the juices.
6. Brush the pie crust with the egg yolk.
7. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over the crust.
8. Decorate the top by cutting pieces out or making slits in the dough.
9. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees. Then, reduce the temperature to 350 degrees for about 50 minutes.
10. Cover the edges if they start to burn.
11. Once the juices have thickened, remove from the oven.