Flaky Golden Apple Pie

  • 2 rolled sheets home made pie pastry
  • 8-10 apples (tart apples are best:  granny smiths, ginger gold, pink lady, or a mix of your favorites) peeled, cored and sliced thick
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 or 3/4 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2-4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 400º F.  In a large mixing bowl combine the sliced apples, sugar, flour, salt, lemon zest and juice, and cinnamon.  Toss until the apples are evenly coated.  Let the mixture sit and marinate while you roll out your crusts.  Place the bottom crust into your pie plate, pushing the crust into the corners so it lies flush.  Pour the pie filling into the bottom crust (it should heap pretty high).  Place daubs of butter all over the apples and grate the nutmeg over the top.  Place the second sheet of crust on top, trim the edges and crimp them to seal in the filling.  Vent the top of the pie with a knife and place it in the oven for about 1 hour or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.  Cool completely before serving.