President Calvin Coolidge said he never ate anything half as good as the pork apple pies his stepmother made. One hopes he and Mrs. Coolidge tried the Red Lion Inn apple pie on one of their visits. We bet it’s every bit as good as his mom’s.
Yields 1 pie
- 5 pounds McIntosh apples, peeled, cored and sliced (If McIntosh are not available, substitute another tart apple such as Cortland.)
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Crust for a two-crust pie (recipe follows)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
Preheat oven to 375º.
Place apples in a large bowl. Combine 1 cup of the sugar and the cinnamon and add to the apples. Toss until well mixed.
Fill the unbaked pie shell with the apple mixture, and dot with the butter. Fit the top crust over the filling, and crimp the top and bottom edges together to seal the apples in.
Whisk together the egg and the milk. Brush the top crust with this egg wash and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Pierce the top crust in several places with a sharp knife.
Bake at 375º for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the apples are tender when tested with a thin knife.
PIECRUST FOR TWO-CRUST PIE
Yields 2 crusts
- ½ cup butter, cold
- ½ cup shortening
- 2¼ cups flour
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup milk, cold
Blend the butter and shortening together with a wooden spoon in a small bowl.
Sift the flour and salt together into a large bowl. Cut in the butter and shortening, using a pastry blender or two knives, until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Add the cold milk and blend until absorbed. Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a ball. Wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Or, if using a food processor, place the butter, shortening, flour and salt in the bowl; fit with a steel blade. Process until the mixture reaches the consistency of cornmeal. With the processor on, add the milk slowly through the funnel until the dough forms a ball.)
When you are ready to bake the pie, roll each half of the chilled dough out on a floured board until it is slightly larger than the pie plate.
Fit one half into the pie plate, place a filling inside, add the top crust, and flute the edges together.
Photo courtesy of Red Lion Inn
CAROLE MURKO is a culinary artist who learned how to cook by observing her mother and grandmother. Carole has emulated their passion for entertaining, cooking and feeding friends and family and translated it into her own way of honoring traditions by creating Heirloom Meals, a storytelling platform to share treasured family recipes, stories and tips.—“Savoring yesterday’s traditions today”—on the web at HeirloomMeals.com, on the radio (NPR) Robin Hood Radio, 91.5 FM and on TV (PBS). Previously, Carole had successful careers on Wall Street and in interior design and decoration.