This is the easiest recipe for apple pie. Making pie crust from scratch can be daunting, but it’s really not that difficult; there’s a reason for the saying “easy as pie”!
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of fat (butter, margarine, shortening)*
- 1/2 cup of cold water
Freeze your fat.* Using a food processor, pastry blender, fork, or hands cut the fat into the flour, sugar, and salt until you have clumps a little smaller than peas. Slowly add water mixing as you go until it is evenly distributed. Separate into two balls, and refrigerate at least an hour. Roll out on floured surface, making sure it doesn’t get warm, then put into pie pan, add filling, put top pie crust on, and pinch edges. On Pinterest there are lots of how-tos for pretty decorative pie crusts.
- about 3 apples
Cut apples into small cubes, mix with however much cinnamon and sugar you want depending on your personal preferences and if you get sweet or sour apples.
*using butter or margarine will make it more flavorful, whereas shortening will make it fluffier. Personally I like to use a mixture of the two.
*The trick to a really flaky pie crust is for the fat to be cold, this keeps it in packets when mixing the crust, which melt in the oven leaving air pockets.