I learned how to make homemade pie this week at one of my mom's ward's Relief Society activities. This was my first pie from scratch, and I was pleasantly surprised at how (relatively) easy it was! Here's the recipe we used for the crust:
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. Butter-flavored Crisco
1/4 c. cold water
First, combine the flour and salt. Then, cut in the shortening with either your hands or a pastry blender. I found that using my hands was much faster and easier. Once all the flour is mixed in and the shortening is in tiny balls, slowly add the water and stir in with a fork. Don't mix it too much or the crust will get chewy. Divide the dough evenly into two balls.
The crust is ready to roll out! Try to keep the edges from splitting too much by continually pressing the cracks back together. Put the rolled out crust into the bottom of your pie pan. Be very gentle and make sure not to stretch the crust out. Trim the edges by running a knife around the edge of the pie pan. Now you are ready for the filling!
The filling was also easier than I expected. Here's what you need:
Apple Pie Filling
Cored, sliced, and peeled apples (We used tart apples)
The whole thing was pretty inexact. We just filled the bottom pie crust with apples and sprinkled a bit of each of the other ingredients on top. You don't need a ton of cinnamon, flour, or sugar. Make sure you put more apples than you think in, because they will shrink when you bake the pie.
Now, roll out the other dough ball for the top crust. Lay it over the top, trim the edges, pinch the edges together, and cut some vent holes into the top. You can get creative with this bit. I did a star pattern. You can also use the extra pieces of crust to make little shapes for the top. My mom did a berry and leaf pattern.
For the final touch, brush the top of the pie with milk and sprinkle raw cane sugar all over. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until you can see the filling bubbling and the crust is brown.
We ate ours with some vanilla bean ice cream, and it was really tasty!