I try to use local apples whenever possible - these are Stayman Winesap - perfectly tart and firm. I peel and slice and then pop the bowl in the microwave for about five minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients.
|fresh cinnamon and nutmeg are terrific in this rustic application|
I then add the dry ingredients - 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1 tsp kosher salt, 2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. Stir and microwave for another five minutes or so.
|I use the microwave because unlike the stovetop for cooking, the apples don't stick to the bowl!|
Place the apples into a prepared crust - my recipe: 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup shortening, 1 cup flour, 1 tsp kosher salt, and 5-6 T of ice water.
The next step is to prepare the crumb topping : 1/3 cup flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 5 T butter
Bake pie at 375 degrees (on bottom rack) for about 40-50 minutes or until top is nicely browned. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. We also enjoy ours the next morning (warmed) with milk on top!