Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pinehaven Apple Pie

 It's that time of year when the local orchards are offering their fresh-picked apples. Mom and I stopped at a Miamisburg orchard a few days ago and picked up a bag of one of their earliest varieties, the McIntosh.. The apples are a little tart and perfect for pie baking. I like them for eating too ... crisp and a little sour but perfect with a pinch of salt.

 We dusted off an old English recipe, modified it to our taste, and quickly put together an apple pie that hits the spot.

Pinehaven Apple Pie

4-1/2 cups apples

1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon white flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons margarine

* Peel and core the apples (about 4), cut into nice-sized slices (about 12 per apple)

* Combine both sugars, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg
* Spoon a tablespoon of this mixture into the bottom of a 9" pie crust; rub about evenly
* Sprinkle the lemon and orange juice on the apple slices, stir; add the sugar mixture, stir again
* Add this filling to the pie crust; dot top with margarine
* Place pastry top on pie, press edges together, cut a few slits in top

Bake for 35-40 minutes

Note: Store-bought pie crusts are as good as can be. We don't bother making our own.

 We always buy our apples at Crossroad Orchard, St. Rt. 725 & Jamaica Road, Miamisburg Ohio
 937-866-4480. Highly recommended!

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