Grandma Mary's Apple Pie
Mix this with your hands until lard and flour are nice and crumbly. You can mix this for hours and never make a tough crust, but when you add the water, handle as little as possible.
Now add 5 tablespoons of ice water.
Mix and divide for 2 crusts. On a floured surface, roll out crust and put in pie pan.
Gram always used Johnathon apples. Peel them and slice thin. Use about 10 good sized apples. Put in a bowl.
In another bowl, mix:
Put over apples and mix them. Put into the prepared crust. Dot with about 2 tablespoons of margarine. Roll top crust and cut some slits on top for air vents. Crimp edge.
Brush a little milk on top and a little sugar; sprinkle with cinnamon for looks.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 50 minutes or until done. Test with a fork through the vents to see if apples are done.
Apple pie in American culture
In the English colonies the apple pie had to wait for carefully planted pips, brought in barrels across the Atlantic, to become fruit-bearing apple trees, to be selected for their cooking qualities. In the meantime, the colonists were more likely to make their pies, or "pasties", of meat rather than of fruit; and the main use for apples, once they were available, was in cider. But there are American apple-pie recipes, both manuscript and printed, from the eighteenth century, and it has since become a very popular dessert.
A mock apple pie made from crackers was apparently invented by pioneers on the move during the nineteenth century who were bereft of apples. In the 1930s, and for many years afterwards, Ritz Crackers promoted a recipe for mock apple pie using its product, along with sugar and various spices.
Although apple pies have been eaten since long before the European colonization of the Americas, "as American as apple pie" is a saying in the United States, meaning "typically American". The dish was also commemorated in the phrase "for Mom and apple pie" - supposedly the stock answer of American soldiers in World War II, whenever journalists asked why they were going to war.
Advertisers exploited the patriotic connection in the 1970s with the commercial jingle "baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet". There are claims that the Apple Marketing Board of New York State used such slogans as "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" and "as American as apple pie!", and thus "was able to successfully 'rehabilitate' the apple as a popular comestible" in the early twentieth century when prohibition outlawed the production ofcider.
The unincorporated community of Pie Town, New Mexico is named in honor of the apple pie.
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- ^ Definition of "be as American as apple pie", Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms
- ^ http://piemaven.com/idioms.htm Pie idioms on PieMaven