“Brown Bag” French Apple Pie

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Classic apple pie recipe. Delicious!





For the pie

  • 1 1/2 c All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 1/2 c Shortening
  • 5 tb ICE Water
  • 8 c Apples [peeled & sliced]
  • 1/4 c Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tb All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 ts Nutmeg, Ground
  • 2 tb Lemon Juice
  • 1 ts Cinnamon, Ground


For the topping

  • 1/2 c Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 c All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 c Butter
  • 1 lg Paper Bag
  • Vanilla Ice Cream




Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.


To make the pie:

1) Combine the first measure of flour, salt and shortening using a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, then stir in the water a little at a time, using a fork, and form the dough into a ball.

2) Roll out the pastry dough on a lightly floured board. Roll to an 11″ or 12″ diameter and fit into a 9″ pie pan fluting the edges.

3) Combine the sugar, the second measure of flour, the cinnamon, the nutmeg and the lemon juice in a large bowl then toss the apple slices in the mixture and arrange them in the pie crust.


To make the topping:

4) Combine the sugar and flour in a bowl and cut in the butter using a pastry cutter then sprinkle the topping over the apple filling.

5) Place the pie in the LARGE paper bag and place the paper bag on a baking sheet and loosely fold the open end of the bag under. Bake until the apples are tender (50-60 minutes).

6) Carefully remove the pie from the bag (CAUTION: WATCH OUT FOR THE STEAM COMING OUT OF THE BAG!)

7) Serve warm with generous portions of vanilla ice cream.


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