I'm just going to be honest here, my apple pies at the holidays were Marie Callender's Dutch Apple Pies.
Pies are just one of my "fears". I grew up eating probably the best pies around made by my grandma, but mine were never even close. It's one of those things I've just NEVER gotten right, so I quite trying.
I still haven't mastered the crust (I still cheat there), but I am working on them. Since hubby is such a sport and pretty much eats ANYTHING I fix, I'll just keep experimenting:)
Here's an easy apple pie filling I found and it turned out great.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
The crust I used is a package of Pillsbury 9 in. pie crusts. You simply unroll one and put it in your ungreased pie pan, how easy is that?? I'm still going to work on a homemade one though!!
For the filling:
8 small baking apples peeled and thinly sliced (I used granny smith)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
In a large bowl, gently mix filling ingredients; spoon into crust-lined pie plate. Top with second crust. Wrap the excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal; flute the edges (I also need some work here, mine wasn't so pretty). Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust.
I'm going to practice on a couple more before Thanksgiving. Maybe I'll have them perfected by them. Doubtful!!!
Still, other than the looks, it tasted GREAT!!! The recipe is a keeper, the presentation needs a little work!!