Saturday, January 1, 2011

Upstate New York Style Apple Pie and A Happy New Year Ahead

It so hard smelling this bake and not wanting to dig right in! So many things to be thankful for starting out in 2011. The love for family, friends and good healthy foods. I want to start out having to celebrate all three that I am very thankful for.  This year my New Year resolution is to cook more and feed more family and friends~hey it's what I love to do!

Mom always made the best crust, then her filling was rich in cinnamon, brown sugar and butter.

We have many orchards there, one we lived near was called Twin Orchards. You can't get any fresher than that! The pies always are the best made with fresh apples. He just couldn't wait for me to make one!

Chad hadn't been back home in 16 years so he filled up his suitcase with everything and anything he could fit!

My son Chad just came back from vacationing in Utica NY, he brought me the NY State Apples, some Tomato Pie from Napolis'. I do make my own recipe for tomato pie, but there's always that one you grew up with that brings back awesome memories.
These are a delicious candy we love made in Rome N.Y. called Turkey Joints.  Another treat he brought back for me we had every year at Christmas.

 Chad just leave us a taste!  It wasn't even cooled off yet and he just dove right in! Not much was left for the rest of us. All I could do is smile, as he never even looked up and just kept eating! Thanks Chad, I loved everything from our home town and it made a special Christmas for all of us to have these again. As, promised here is his pie he wanted with the apples he brought back. That was a pretty heavy load to carry on the plane in his carry on bag!

Happy New Year 2011, we wish you all the best that the new year can bring to you and your family!

 Mom's Crust:

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt mix together with flour
2/3 cups shortening cut into the flour then add
4 1/2 tablespoons ice water
extra flour for rolling.
Mix till dough forms a ball...Roll out on floured board two 9 inch crust and line pie plate.
Brush bottom of crust with 1 tbsp melted butter.

Apple Pie Filling:
Peel, core and slice into thick wedges 8 baking apples.

In a bowl add
1/4 cup of flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/4 cup of water
3/4 cup of sugar
Mix all together.

Roll 1/2 the dough out to fit your pan. Pour apples onto crust. Roll out remaining dough to fit the top. Dot with slices of butter.  Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of  milk and  1 tablespoon of granulated sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Bake at 375 until lightly browned . Cool and slice. Serve with vanilla ice cream or plain.
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