Rustic Apple Pie

Most apple pies call for granny smith apples and a pie tin, but I like to change it up with some sweet Gala apples and bake it like a tart.

Rustic Apple Pie
Here are the Ingredients:
  • 4 Gala apples, peeled, seeded and sliced
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Pie Crust, recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
In a medium bowl, combine the apples, brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour, salt and lemon juice. Let rest for 20 minutes for ingredients to marry. Meanwhile, flour board and using a rolling pin, roll out the pie crust into large circle. Gently roll the dough from the center outward until completely rolled out. Carefully, place crust on a non-stick baking sheet and place apple mixture into the center. Fold over the edges of the crust so that it covers 2 to 3 inches of the apple mixture. Add butter cubes on top of the apples. Bake until the filling is golden and bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes.
Pie Crust – Makes 2
Here are the Ingredients:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks cold butter
  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add in the butter and shortening. Using a pastry cutter, gradually work the butter and shortening into the flour until the mixture resembles tiny pebbles. This step should take 3 or 4 minutes. Lightly beat the egg with a fork, and then add it to the mixture. Next, add in the cold water and vinegar. Stir the mixture together until combined. Divide in two and place into two separate freezer bags. Allow to chill.

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