If you've never been to an apple orchard on a crisp, cool day.....you've missed out! I grew up in northern Ohio and visiting the Miller's apple orchard in South Amherst, Ohio, in the autumn, is a must! This summer with all of the heat here in Florida, I decided to make a little autumn in my home, so I made an apple pie. Now, apple pie is a big deal in my family, in fact my mom would make me a pie for my birthday over cake. (my preference) Since my birthday is in the late summer, the only apple ready in Ohio is the Lodi apple. (The Lodi apple is a light green, sour apple that is great in pies and applesauce.)
Since we don't get Lodi's here in Florida, I used Granny Smith apples with a few Envy apples for a little sweetness and my gramma's pie crust recipe. There are two kinds of pie crust recipes in my family, my mom's and my gramma's. I have used my mom's in the past, but I can't get is as good as she does, so I use my gramma's. (recipes for both at the end of the blog) One of the tradition I grew up with when someone bakes a pie, is having a little extra dough pie. My mom would make a little extra pie dough and role it flat and add a cinnamon and sugar mixture to the top. She would bake it while the apple pie was baking. It wouldn't take much time to bake and then we'd get a treat while the apple pie was still in the oven. So I made a little dough pie for my kiddos to pass on the tradition.
I think we should all slow down enough in our lives to learn to make a good pie. It is a lost art in some places. Thank you mom for teaching me!
Kathys' pie dough (Liz's mom)
1/4 vegetable oil to 1 cup flour
Pie Crust Recipe:
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
4 to 5 Tbsp ice cold water
Mix dry ingredients 1st. Then add the oil (add more is needed) Mix together then add the ice water and cut with a spatula into the dough. When done, cut dough in half. (for the top and the bottom part of the pie) Make 2 9 inch crusts.
Peg's pie dough (Liz's gramma)
1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
3 Tbsp ice cold water
Mix the flour and salt. Cut shortening into flour. Add water to form a ball. Use cold shortening and water. Roll out. Makes single 9 inch crust.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.