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Grandma’s Apple Pie August 10, 2012

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau and Julie’s Fresh Air

Editor’s Note: Grandma Howard’s Apple Pie has become sort of famous. Local Media celebrity Jan D’Atri baked it and featured it on one of her “In the Kitchen with Jan” segments on KFYI 550AM. It’s also featured on Arizona Farm Bureau’s Fill Your Plate. So, I think it’s time to talk about it again. It all started when I mentioned it in my book, Fresh Air.




Excerpt from Fresh Air: Bake an apple pie (or your specialty dish), and take it to a neighbor. Everyone loved Grandma’s Apple pie. So, she made a tradition of baking one for new neighbors in her community. Or, someone just recovering from illness got one. She even made her own pie crusts with extra ones on hand in order to be ready for the next neighbor she wanted to bless. Continuing the neighborly theme, what’s one of your favorite dishes that everybody loves? Pick the one dish that gets the most compliments. It’s a shoo-in with a new neighbor if the dish gets high marks from others.  

Grandma’s Apple Pie
6-8 Granny Smith or Pippin apples        ½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar                               1 teaspoon cinnamon1/8 teaspoon cloves                              1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

½ cup raisins (optional)                          ½ cup pecans, chopped

4 teaspoons flour                                  1/3 cup butter

1 ½ ounce rum (It was the rum)           1 fresh lemon

1 – 10 inch, 2 crust pie shell

Peel, core and slice apples. Squeeze fresh lemon over apples. Mix all other ingredients. Bring to a boil. Pour over apples and mix well.

For the crust
Blend flour, salt and shortening until mixture is crumbly. Add water; form into smooth ball and divide in half. Roll out each half separately, line 10-inch pie pan with pastry. Pour apple mixture into pastry-lined pan; top with pastry shell. Combine egg and cream in small bowl; brush on top of pastry. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
Yield: One 10-inch pie.
Pie Option 2: Just go get a pie from a local bakery. I know I would not turn one down if a neighbor came by my house with one!


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