With this easy baked-in-a-bag apple pie, even the kids can take part.
2 ½ lbs. or 4-5 apples of mixed variety (Granny Smith,
Jonathan and Gala are a good mix)
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
½ cup sugar
½ cup flour
½ cup cold butter, cut in pieces
2 cups flour
1 cup and 2 Tbsp. shortening
1 tsp. salt
Cut together and add:
¼ cup COLD water
1 ½ Tbsp. vinegar
Mix gently. It's better if chilled, but can be rolled out
- Peel, core, and slice apples. Rinse in water and pat dry.
Combine sugar, flour, and spices. Sprinkle over apples and toss to
coat well. Let apples sit while making the bottom crust.
- Make crust according to directions and line a 9-inch pie pan,
fluting the edges. Spoon apples into pastry shell and drizzle with
- Combine the topping ingredients, cutting in butter with a fork
or pastry cutter until the mix resembles small peas. Pack the crumb
mixture over the apples. Slip the pie into a large paper grocery
bag. Fold the open end over twice and staple. Place on a cookie
sheet and bake in the oven at 425 degrees for one hour. Slit the
bag open and carefully remove the pie. Cool on a wire rack.
- Two large pieces of parchment paper stapled around the edges
can be substituted for the paper bag if you prefer. Also, the
recipe included here for the bottom crust is excellent because it
rolls out nicely and freezes well for later use. However, you may
already have a favorite crust recipe; or you might not be ready to
tackle making your own and can purchase a pre-made shell. It is
possible to use a crust instead of streusel for the top of the pie,
although the streusel topping works especially well.
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