Apple Pie is a dessert that is popular regardless of age. The addition of lemon juice and cinnamon takes this normal recipe up a notch. Served with custard, hot or cold or a dollop of cream makes this a lovely dessert. Contrary to popular belief, This is not actually an American recipe but European. The saying “As American as Apple Pie” referred to American prosperity and national pride. You can also add nutmeg, ground ginger, and even ground cardamom. They all give a unique flavour but you can add your own touch. When the apples are soft and the crust is golden brown, the pie is ready.
- Combine the apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a mixing bowl and toss to coat the apple slices.
- Line a pie plate with one of the pastry shells and transfer the apples to the shell.
- Dot the apples with the butter.
- Moisten the edge of the pastry and place the second pastry shell on top.
- Trim and crimp the edge, and make several slits in the top with a sharp knife.
- Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon mixture over the top.
- Bake in a preheated 450F (230C) oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350F (180C) and bake for an additional 25 to 40 minutes, depending on the type of apples used.
- The pie is done when the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown.
- Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature. Makes one 9-inch (22 cm) pie.