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Blue Ribbon Apple Pie

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***CRUST***
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick chilled unsalted butter; sliced
1/3 cup chilled vegetable shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg; well beaten
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
2 tablespoons ice water; approximately
***FILLING***
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter
4 pounds tart green apples; cut 1/4", peeled
***STREUSEL***
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 Heath (1.4 oz) toffee bars; chopped
1 large egg beaten with:
2 tablespoons water; (glaze)

For crust, combine flour and salt in medium bowl. Cut in butter and shortening with fork till mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in sugar, egg and vinegar. Mix in just enough ice water, 1 tbs. at a time, to form dough that holds together. Divide dough in half, flatten each half into disc, wrap each in plastic and chill 4 hours. For filling, combine ingredients (except apples and butter), add apples and toss to coat. Melt butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Add apple mixture and cook till apples are slightly softened, about 10 minutes. Cover and chill. Preheat oven to 350F. On a floured surface, roll out 1 dough piece to 14" diameter. Transfer to a 9" deep dish glass pie dish. Trim edges leaving 1/2" overhang. Fold overhang under and let rest on rim of dish. Line crust with foil. Fill with dried beans and bake 10 minutes. Remove beans and foil. Bake crust till crust has set but has no color, about 5 minutes. Remove and cool, leave oven on. For streusel, combine flour and sugar in bowl. Using fork mix in butter till coarse meal forms. Stir in toffee. On lightly floured surface, roll out 2nd dough disc to 14" diameter. Mound apple filling in prebaked pie crust. Sprinkle streusel over filling. Top with dough round. Trim dough leaving 1/2" overhang. Gently pinch crust edges together to seal. Brush pie with glaze. Cut 5 slits in pie top to allow steam to escape. Bake until crust is golden and apples are tender, about 55 minutes. Cool pie 1 hour. Serve with good quality vanilla ice cream. Posted to BBQ List by mike moberley on Jul 05, 1997 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Yield: 1 serving

Preparation Time: 0:00


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