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All-American Apple Pie

Servings: 8
I think Apple Pie is the most delicious and patriotic dessert for serving on the 4th of July, America's Independence Day. It just seems like everyone loves a slice of good old Apple Pie. You'll never go wrong serving it to your family or guests with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, or as they say "ala mode". A definite winner, and an American favorite. Happy Birthday America!

For Crust:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/3 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening (such as crisco), diced
6 tablespoons (or more if needed) ice water

For Filling:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup (firmly packed) golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 pounds Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced

Additional Ingredients For Top Crust:
Additional sugar

For Crust:
Blend flour, sugar and salt in processor. Add butter and shortening and cut in using on/off turns until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 6 tablespoons ice water and process until moist clumps form, adding more water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Gather into ball; divide into 2 pieces. Flatten each into disk. Wrap each in plastic; chill 2 hours. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled. Let dough soften slightly before rolling out.)

For Filling:
Position rack in lowest third of oven and preheat to 400°F (200°C). Mix first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Add apples and toss to blend.

Rolling Out Dough and Assembling Pie:
Roll out 1 dough disk on floured surface to 12-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter (23cm) glass pie dish. Fold edge under, forming high-standing rim; crimp. Add filling. Roll out second dough disk on floured surface to 13-inch round. Cut into twelve 1-inch-wide strips. Arrange 6 strips across pie. Form lattice by arranging 6 strips diagonally across first strips. Gently press ends into crust edges. Brush lattice with milk. Sprinkle lightly with additional sugar. Bake pie 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F (190°C). Continue baking until juices bubble thickly and crust is deep golden, covering edges with foil if browning too quickly, about 1 hour. Cool on rack 1 hour. Serve with vanilla ice cream or a little sweetened whipped cream.

Note: Can be made 8 hours ahead. Let stand on rack.

Makes 8 servings.

Source: DianasDesserts.com
Date: June 23, 2002